New Working History Episode Explores the Roots of Modern Anti-Unionism
SLSA’s latest Working History podcast, “The Roots of the Modern Anti-Union Movement,“ is available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud. Professor Chad Pearson of Collin College, author of Reform or Repression: Organizing America’s Anti-Union Movement, traces the roots of modern anti-unionism in the U.S. to the early 20th century open shop movement and a push by business interests nationwide to break unions and stall the momentum of organized labor. The episode is hosted by Beth English, president of SLSA.
Chad Pearson teaches history at Collin College in Plano, Texas, focusing on business, labor and the working class in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. He is the author of Reform or Repression: Organizing America’s Anti-Union Movement (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015) and co-editor with Rosemary Feurer of the forthcoming edited volume, Organizing Against Labor: Controversies in the History of Employers (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming). He received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York Albany in 2008.