Tag Archives: Unions

1944: The Removal of Sewell Avery

In 1942, in an effort to avoid strikes in war-related industries, Franklin Roosevelt reinstated the War Labor Board and directed it to oversee and arbitrate negotiations between unions and employers. Most unions had also agreed not to strike during the … Continue reading

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1959: Capital and Labor

Sister Concilla sets the record straight on labor unions. Note the union bug indicating the comic was printed in a union shop.              

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1954: Zombies, Unite!

For Labor Day: a grave-digger’s strike leads to disasterous consequences in this 1954 story from Voodoo comics:            

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1945: With These Blows of My Hammer

On September 14, 1945, trade unionist Paul Bebert, a former concentration camp prisoner, destroyed the swastikas that Nazis has affixed to union offices in Hamburg. He read this statement to the crowd: With these blows of my hammer I will … Continue reading

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1987: Basebenzi Masimanyane

Congress of South African Trade Unions: 1987 Calendar In 1987, COSATU conducted a two-day strike during the general elections in May as part of its Living Wage Campaign. More than 2.5 million workers took part. Later that month, their headquarters … Continue reading

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1973: And Here As In Other Places

Fold-out poster of Emiliano Zapata from El Malcriado, newsletter of the United Farm Workers, AFL-CIO (May 4,1973) (source) …And here as in other places, enslaved men and women, whose consciousness has been asleep, are waking up, looking around struggling…

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1946: First They Came

Although this is one of the world’s most famous poems, there is no definitive version of it. Indeed, there is no clear evidence that its author, the Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller, ever put it into poetic form. Several variations exist, … Continue reading

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