Tag Archives: Unions

1984: The Battle of Orgreave

On June 18, 1984, 5,000 picketers—members of the UK National Union of Mineworkers and their supporters—arrived at the British Steel Corporation coking plant in Orgreave, South Yorkshire, determined to prevent scab trucks from leaving the plant with deliveries. They were … Continue reading

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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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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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