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  • Wednesday, February 19, 2020 10:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On SLSA's latest Working History podcast, "Politics of the Pantry," Emily E. LB. Twarog discusses her book, Politics of the Pantry: Housewives, Food, and Consumer Protest in Twentieth-Century America (Oxford University Press), the activism of American housewives as consumers, and food's central role in consumer politics in the twentieth-century United States. Listen to Working History on the New Books NetworkSpotify, iTunes, and SoundCloud, and subscribe on these platforms to keep up to date on future episodes.

    Emily E. LB. Twarog is an Associate Professor in the School of Labor and Employment Relations, and Affiliate Faculty in the Gender in Global Perspectives Program and European Union Center at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She holds a PhD in American History from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a MS in Labor Research from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is the also the Director of the Regina V. Polk Women's Labor Leadership Conference, a residential school for women workers that has been run by the University of Illinois' School of Labor and Employment Relations-Labor Education Program since 1988. 

    Twarog is the author of Politics of the Pantry, and her work has also appeared in Labor: Studies in Working-Class History, Labor OnLine, and, her own blog. She has been a regular commentator on issues of work in the US in both print and television news media. She is currently at work on a series of articles that examine gender equity and work both in the United States and globally. Her next book project is a biography of the New Deal consumer activist and labor educator Caroline Ware.
  • Monday, February 10, 2020 11:04 AM | Anonymous

    Final call for papers for SLSA 2020! Find the CFP here

  • Thursday, February 06, 2020 4:07 PM | Anonymous

    REGISTER NOW for The 2020 Labor Research and Action Network (LRAN) National Conference will be held March 12th at Morehouse College, co-hosted by the Morehouse College International Comparative Labor Studies Department.

    On March 13th, the Jobs With Justice National Conference, located at the Atlanta Convention Center, will include an LRAN track of workshops. Scholars, labor practitioners, and activists from across the country will converge in Atlanta, GA to share new ideas and lessons learned, and connect around research and campaign work. As we gather in the space of an historically black college and university in the South, we hope this conference is an opportunity to develop a proactive strategy that amplifies voices that have historically not had a place or priority at the table. We hope to learn from the unique challenges faced by organizers and researchers in the South and in Right-to-Work states, including from active campaigns in the Atlanta area.

    LRAN conference attendees are encouraged to join the Jobs With Justice National Conference, which will be held March 13th-14th at the Atlanta Convention Center. The 13th will include LRAN workshops. Registration for the JWJ conference requires an additional fee. Please indicate in the form if you are only able to attend the LRAN conference on the 12th.

    Schedule
    Breakfast 8-9am
    Opening Plenary 9-10:45am
    “Labor Studies in the 21st Century”
    Moderator” Shannan Reaze, Executive Director, Jobs With Justice Atlanta
    Speakers:
    Jaira Burke, Campaign Manager, Amplify Georgia
    Andrew Douglas, Associate Professor, Morehouse College
    Cynthia Hewitt, Professor, Morehouse College
    John Taylor, National Field Director of Property Services Division, SEIU

    1st Workshop Block 11-12:30pm
    Lunch 12:30-1:15pm
    Keynote Address 1:30-2:45pm
    Speaker:
    Stacy Davis Gates, Vice President, Chicago Teachers Union
    2nd Workshop Block 3-4:30pm

    Workshop Topics include:

    • Recommendations for 21st Century Labor Law
    • Personal Surveillance Devices and Datafication in the Workplace
    • Build an LGBTQ Economic Justice Movement
    • Organizing in the South
    •  How and Why We Must Build Women’s Labor Leadership
    • Building Our Power to Win Through Participatory, Member-Led Research Roundtable
    • Bargaining for the Common Good


    To post to the LRAN listserv, login to www.lranetwork.org, click “Listserv” then click on an appropriate topic. If you are not a member, click “Join Now” to access the listserv.

  • Tuesday, January 21, 2020 10:58 AM | Anonymous

    The Southern Labor Studies Association is currently accepting submissions for the Robert H. Zieger Prize for Southern Labor Studies. SLSA awards the Zieger Prize at the Southern Labor Studies Conference for the best unpublished essay in southern labor studies written by a graduate student or early career scholar, journalist, or activist. The Zieger Prize includes a $750 award.

    The Robert H. Zieger Prize was established in 2013 with the cooperation of the Zieger family, the Southern Labor Studies Association, and former friends and colleagues of Bob and Gay Zieger. The prize is named in honor of the late Professor Robert H. Zieger—teacher, scholar, and tireless union activist. Dr. Zieger was a prolific, award-winning writer whose books include For Jobs and Freedom: Race and Labor in America since 1865 and The CIO, 1935-1955, and three field-defining edited volumes on southern labor history. Professor Zieger served as an officer in the North Central Florida Central Labor Council and an organizer for the United Faculty of Florida at the University of Florida where he was a Distinguished Professor of History.  Along with his wife of fifty years, Gay Zieger, an English professor at Santa Fe College, Bob maintained a strong commitment to social justice his entire life. Many of his former students went on to become labor organizers and educators. SLSA hopes that the spirit of Zieger’s combination of rigorous scholarship and his dedicated commitment to improving the lives of working-class people will live on in this prize.

    Eligibility

    Graduate students and scholars, activists, and journalists who are no more than five years beyond the author’s highest degree are eligible to apply. Essays must be in English and should be primarily concerned with southern labor and working-class history broadly conceived. Applicants are not required to be members of SLSA at the time of the submission.

    The winner of the Zieger Prize will be announced at the 2020 Southern Labor Studies Conference which will be held at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill September 11-13, 2020

    To be considered for the Robert H. Zieger Prize, applicants must submit their essays electronically by March 30, 2020, to the prize committee chairperson:

    Professor Paul Ortiz

    Chair, Robert H. Zieger Prize Committee
    Department of History
    University of Florida
    P.O. Box 117320
    Gainesville, FL 32611-7320

    Questions: Email, portiz@ufl.edu


    For a list of past winners, see: https://southernlaborstudies.org/page-18074

    For information on the SLSA, see: https://southernlaborstudies.org/

  • Wednesday, January 08, 2020 8:31 PM | Anonymous

    EXTENDED: Proposals Due February 15th!

    Upcoming SLSA Conference

    SLSA Biannual Conference CfP: Expanding the Horizons of Southern Labor Studies

    September 11-13, 2020 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Submissions due February 15, 2020

    If you are looking to propose or join a session, please look for collaboration opportunities here:

    Over the past few years, SLSA has sought to modernize, energize, and organize – and the results have been amazing! We have expanded the geographical, chronological, and thematic boundaries of southern labor studies by extending our geographic scope to include the broader Atlantic world, and pushing our time frame back to pre-European settlement. We’re reaching beyond our traditional emphasis on the workplace, politics, protest, and unions to explore working-class cultures—foodways, music, film, family, and home life. This conference will continue the push outward and onward. 

    We warmly invite all academics, students, activists, labor organizers, union members, lawyers, and anyone with an interest in labor issues – past or present – to join us at our next meeting at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, to be held on September 11-13, 2020 (Friday afternoon through Sunday morning). The conference will focus on expanding the horizons of southern labor studies. We will also experiment with some creative new formats built around new work and new conceptions of southern labor and additional sessions specifically aimed to help us think about how to communicate with larger audiences and share our work with the public.


    See attached for the full CfP and application instructions: SLSACFP2020.docx
  • Wednesday, January 08, 2020 8:26 PM | Anonymous

    Interested in joining us for the upcoming SLSA conference in September 2020? Interested in collaborating with others, either by joining or proposing a session?

    The conference organizers have set up a spreadsheet to help connect interested individuals. Follow this link to get started!

  • Tuesday, January 07, 2020 6:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On SLSA's latest Working History podcast, "Southern Sisters and Social Justice," Jacquelyn Dowd Hall discusses her new book, Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of the South (W.W. Norton and Company), the southern upbringing of Grace and Katharine Du Pre Lumpkin, their social activism, and contributions to the overlapping labor, feminist, and civil rights ferment in the pre-World War II South. Listen to Working History on the New Books NetworkSpotify, iTunes, and SoundCloud, and subscribe on these platforms to keep up to date on future episodes.

    Jacquelyn Dowd Hall is Julia Cherry Spruill Professor Emeritus at UNC-Chapel Hill. She was one of the founders of the modern field of women’s history and helped to spark a thriving scholarship in southern labor history and to turn the study of the civil rights movement in new directions. She was awarded a National Humanities Medal for her efforts to deepen the nation’s engagement with the humanities by “recording history through the lives of ordinary people, and, in so doing, for making history.” She is past president of the Organization of American Historians and the Southern Historical Association and founding president of the Labor and Working Class History Association.

    Hall's books and articles include Revolt Against Chivalry: Jessie Daniel Ames and the Women’s Campaign Against Lynching (1979, 1993), winner of the Francis B. Simkins and Lillian Smith Awards; Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World (1987, 2000), winner of the Albert J. Beveridge Award, Merle Curti Award, and the Philip Taft Labor History Prize; and “The Long Civil Rights Movement and the Political Uses of the Past,” Journal of American History (2005), an effort to challenge the myth that the movement was a short, successful bid to overcome segregation in the Jim Crow South. She has also won awards for graduate teaching and contributions to the fields of oral history and working-class history. She has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the Radcliffe Center for Advanced Study, the National Humanities Center, and other institutions. She was elected to the Society of American Historians in 1990 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies, in 2011.

  • Monday, December 09, 2019 8:08 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Southern Labor Studies Association has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help SLSA continue the vital work of studying working life in the South and nurturing early career scholars. Donations can be made at: https://bit.ly/355gUUk.

    The Southern Labor Studies Association promotes the study, teaching, and preservation of the history of southern labor. We are an open, welcoming group of scholars, lawyers, students, teachers, and activists who encourage dialogue and discussion about key issues and events relevant to the past and present of labor and working-class life and culture in the U.S. South.

    Not only do we serve to connect academics and activists across the nation, we also promote working-class history in public school curricula and provide resources for public school teachers. We organize a biannual Southern Labor Studies Conference and, as sponsor multiple other sessions on southern labor and working-class history at other academic conferences.
     
    Over the past few years, SLSA has sought to modernize, energize, and organize – and the results have been amazing! We have expanded the geographical, chronological, and thematic boundaries of southern labor studies by extending our geographic scope to include the broader Atlantic world, and pushing our time frame back to pre-European settlement. We’re reaching beyond our traditional emphasis on the workplace, politics, protest, and unions to explore working-class cultures—foodways, music, film, family, and home life.

    However, in order to accomplish all of our goals, we need your help – not only by donating money, but by sharing this request with your social networks. All in all, to move the organization firmly into the 2020s, we need to raise $10,000. Here are our goal tiers and what each level accomplishes:

    • TIER 1: $3,500: This goal allows us to completely revamp and update our website, providing a place for journalists and educators to connect with labor scholars and activists. The website will also be a place for all educators and activists to find teaching resources and funding opportunities. It will also host a litany of new essays, podcasts, videos, and some great “Top Ten” lists about the South by both scholars and even celebrities.
    • TIER 2: $6,000: This tier helps fund travel expenses for several important speakers for our September 2020 conference  at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (we hope you will consider attending!).
    • TIER 3: $10,000: This goal funds dozens of students, adjuncts, and activists in their work and in their travel to our conference. This helps enable those who need financial assistance to receive it.
  • Tuesday, December 03, 2019 6:33 PM | Anonymous

    "Why Academics and Academic-Related Staff in UK Universities Are On Strike" from Bruce E. Baker

    December 3, 2019

    As I write this, I and tens of thousands of other academic and academic-related staff at UK universities are finishing up eight days of strike action called by the UCU (University and College Union) over two separate disputes.  Members of LAWCHA and SLSA might be interested in this both as labor historians and as university employees.  As a labor historian trained in the right-to-work state of North Carolina who now sits on the National Executive Committee of UCU, I hope that my comments here might be of some interest.

    The first dispute relates to our pension, run by USS (Universities Superannuation Scheme).  In autumn 2017, the managers of the pension scheme produced a disputed valuation that suggested the scheme was seriously in deficit and needed to be converted from a defined benefit scheme to a defined contribution scheme.  The current changes proposed have more to do with steadily, and unjustifiably, increasing member contributions (from 8.0% of salary to 9.1%, with plans to rise to 9.6% and probably beyond, pushing new members out of the scheme and actually making it unsustainable).  The second dispute is over pay, casualisation, workload, and the gender pay gap.  Our pay is set in a nationally negotiated scale, and for the past ten years we have seen our wages decline by roughly 17% in real terms, even as more money than ever enter university accounts from student tuition fees.  The other three strands of this dispute are probably not all that different than in the United States, and they have typically been devolved to individual universities, who have refused to do anything concrete and immediate about the problems.

    The background for this dispute is the pension strike of spring 2018.  What was remarkable about that was the way it mobilised the grassroots of the union, creating momentum that existed outside the control of the union hierarchy.  An independent group called “USS Briefs” was formed to write and disseminate very thorough papers on every aspect of the dispute and many other issues related to university life and governance.  This and much more was circulated through very active and sophisticated social media networks, particularly Twitter.  This was also the first strike undertaken by UCU since the work of the Commission on Effective Industrial Action reported with suggestions about how to do more than take symbolic actions.  Instead of a one-day strike, we were out for fourteen days over four weeks, part of it in the worst blizzard the country had seen in years, bringing universities to a halt across the country.  When the previous General Secretary sent an offer from the employers to members with very strong advice to accept, against the advice of delegates, a majority of UCU members (many of whom had not been on strike), accepted what amounted to a promise to convene an expert panel. The panel met and vindicated the UCU’s position, but the employers refused to pressure USS into implementing its suggestions.  So here we are again.

    The other very significant effect of the dénouement of the 2018 strike was a radical restructuring of the leadership of the union. At the 2018 Congress, a pair of motions criticising the General Secretary’s handling of the USS dispute led to a walkout by the General Secretary and the rest of the full-time officials, whose union branch held a wildcat strike that brought the Congress to an end, perhaps the most dramatic union annual congress since the 1935 meeting of the AFL.  Not long after, the General Secretary went on sick leave and eventually resigned due to ill health.  Replacing her was Dr. Jo Grady, a Senior Lecturer in Industrial Relations at Sheffield University whose expertise is pension disputes.  She comes from Wakefield in Yorkshire, and her father was a miner on strike during the Miners Strike when Jo was born.  Along with the massive growth of membership during the previous dispute, and a much more diverse and active group of members taking up national leadership positions, UCU is a very different union today than it was two years ago when the USS dispute began.  The employers are a bit slow to learn this, but they are beginning to feel it.  The dispute is likely to drag into the spring towards the end of the academic year, but it bids fair to transform how universities are run in the United Kingdom.

    The picket lines are even stronger than in the previous dispute (my branch has had roughly twice as many picketing each day), and there is a confident and imaginative spirit.  Each day has a theme focusing on a key issue facing university workers.  We have baking contests.  We have the Shark of Solidarity (I can’t explain—just follow the Twitter account @SolidarityShark).  We have dogs and babies.  We have daily comics drawn by one of our members (@lyd_w) explaining key issues in an accessible format.  We also have daily teach-outs featuring a range of topics related to members’ research interests but also critically engaging with issues at the university.


  • Tuesday, November 05, 2019 8:16 PM | Anonymous

    SLSA Biannual Conference CfP: Expanding the Horizons of Southern Labor Studies

    September 11-13, 2020 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Submissions due January 15, 2020

    Over the past few years, SLSA has sought to modernize, energize, and organize – and the results have been amazing! We have expanded the geographical, chronological, and thematic boundaries of southern labor studies by extending our geographic scope to include the broader Atlantic world, and pushing our time frame back to pre-European settlement. We’re reaching beyond our traditional emphasis on the workplace, politics, protest, and unions to explore working-class cultures—foodways, music, film, family, and home life. This conference will continue the push outward and onward. 

    We warmly invite all academics, students, activists, labor organizers, union members, lawyers, and anyone with an interest in labor issues – past or present – to join us at our next meeting at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, to be held on September 11-13, 2020 (Friday afternoon through Sunday morning). The conference will focus on expanding the horizons of southern labor studies. We will also experiment with some creative new formats built around new work and new conceptions of southern labor and additional sessions specifically aimed to help us think about how to communicate with larger audiences and share our work with the public.


    See attached for the full CfP and application instructions: SLSACFP2020.docx

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c/o Erik Gellman, SLSA/UNC Liaison

Department of History

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

102 Emerson Drive, CB #3195

Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3195

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