Cindy Hahamovitch on Guest Worker Programs, Past and Proposed

Congratulations to SLSA stalwart Cindy Hahamovitch, whose New York Times op-ed circulated among members of the U.S. House of Representatives, accompanied by complimentary introductory note by Rep. George Miller.  Check out her great piece!

Newsletter Online

The Spring 2013 edition of the SLSA Newsletter is now online.  Thanks to editors Beth English and Joey Fink!

Election Results

From Cindy Hahamovitch, outgoing chair of Elections Committee

Here, finally, are the election results for the Southern Labor Studies Association:

President: Scott R. Nelson

VP: Beth English

3 new Executive Board members:

Paul Ortiz

Brian Kelly

Jennifer Bickham Mendez

Thanks to all the candidates for their willingness to stand for election, to the other members of the Elections Committee–Jacob Remes and Robert Chase–and to Talitha LeFlouria, who is stepping down from the board. We are, of course, especially grateful to outgoing president, Jennifer Brooks, who has been captain of this ship for two years. She leaves the organization stronger than it has ever been. Fortunately, according to our bylaws, Jenny now becomes chair of the Elections Committee (there’s no escaping the SLSA).

Robert H. Zieger Obituary, March 6, 2013

In Memoriam

Paul Ortiz, Gainesville, Florida, March 6, 2013

Dr. Robert Zieger, Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Florida, passed away on March 6, 2013. Professor Zieger was one of the preeminent labor historians of the United States. He was a two-time recipient of the Philip Taft Labor History Book Award for the best book in labor history. He was a prolific writer and authored classic works including, “For Jobs and Freedom: Race and Labor in America since 1865,” “The CIO, 1935-1955,” and “America’s Great War: World War I and the American Experience.” Bob was a spirited and rigorous historian who introduced countless scholars, students, union members, and community organizers to the field of labor history. He edited several key volumes in southern labor history including “Life and Labor in the New New South” (2012) which presented some of the best new work in the field of southern labor studies.

Bob Zieger began teaching on the college level at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1964, and he moved to Kansas State University in 1973. Subsequently, he served as a professor of history at Wayne State University, and his labor history courses were immensely popular with union members in Detroit. Dr. Zieger moved to the University of Florida in 1986, and in 1998 he received the appointment of Distinguished Professor of History. Bob was a beloved teacher at the UF and his favorite courses were the History of American Labor and The United States, 1914-1945. Scores of Bob’s students went on to become union organizers and leaders in the labor movement.

Dr. Bob Zieger talked the talk, and he walked the walk. Bob was a longtime member and leader of the United Faculty of Florida, AFL-CIO.

He was his union’s delegate to the North Central Florida Central Labor Council for many years, and he gave the keynote address at the CLC’s Annual Dinner in 2012. On the job, Dr. Zieger conducted scores of office visits beginning in the 1990s to encourage fellow faculty and instructors to join the United Faculty of Florida. His energy and knowledge of the labor history was an important element in a highly successful union drive on campus recently.

Bob Zieger was born in 1938 in Englewood, New Jersey into a union family. He is survived by his wife, Gay Pitman, a retired college instructor, his son Robert, and his granddaughter Persephone. He enjoyed taking long walks, playing with Persephone, and promoting Gay’s 2nd career as an artist. Bob Zieger will be sorely missed by his colleagues in the history profession, his comrades in the labor movement and by the countless students that he mentored over an exceptional career of teaching, research, and service. Bob Zieger, Presente!



SLSA Spring 2013 Newsletter – Call for Contributions

The editorial board of the Southern Labor Studies Association
Newsletter invites contributions for the Spring 2013
edition of the SLSA newsletter. Contributions may include issue-
focused articles, and articles about current research and
publications, activities (conferences, symposia, lecture series, etc.)
that are planned or have taken place since November 2012, or current
organizing and community initiatives.

Article-length contributions should be limited to 500 words;
contributions for the “members news” section should be limited to 150
words. Please send submissions to by March 31, 2013.

Contribute to the Robert H. Zieger Prize for Southern Labor Studies

In honor of the late Robert H. Zieger–teacher, scholar, and tireless
union activist–the Southern Labor Studies Association announces that
it is raising funds for the Robert H. Zieger Prize for Southern Labor
Studies. This prize will be awarded every two years to the best
unpublished article in southern labor studies submitted by a graduate
student or early career scholar, journalist, or activist (“early
career” being defined as no more than five years beyond the author’s
highest degree).

Our goal is to raise $13,000, which would allow us to draw down $500
every two years. Please give generously. To make a tax-deductible
contribution, please send a check made out to the “Southern Labor
Studies Association” and mail it to:

Robert H. Zieger Prize, SLSA
c/o Evan Bennett, Treasurer
Dept. of History
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431


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