Tag Archives: Labor

1977: Jayaben Desai

Graham Wood: Jayaben Desai (1977) Desai lead the 1977 strike at the Grunwick photo-processing factory in Willesden, London. The workers, predominantly Asian women, not only struck for union recognition, but challenged the stereotype of being silent and subservient. They were … Continue reading

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2001: Hardhat

Larry Keating’s hardhat; Keating, a member of Iron Workers Local 40, was a foreman during the cleanup of of wreckage and debris from the World Trade Center following 9/11. (source) The men — Larry Keating, Danny Doyle, Mike Emerson and … Continue reading

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1886: The Strike

Robert Koehler: The Strike (1886) The Strike spoke to issues of urgent concern on both sides of the Atlantic—issues that remain timely even today. From the painting’s debut and initial reception against a fevered background of seething ferment among industrial … Continue reading

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1874: Capital and Labor

Henry Stacy Marks: Capital and Labor (1874) In 1871, the Trade Union Act decriminalized trade unions in Great Britain: The purposes of any trade union shall not, by reason merely that they are in restraint of trade, be deemed to … Continue reading

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1880: Ironworkers

Thomas Anshutz: The Ironworkers’ Noontime (1880)

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1910: Brochure

Mihály Bíró: brochure for the National Union of Hungarian Construction Workers (c. 1910); text in Romanian.

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1938: Youth of Today

John Vachon: Picket line at King Farm, Morrisville PA, August 1938

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