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- Chris Garlock


Great Labor Arts Exchange/Labor Notes preview: Rockin’ Your Rally and Picket Line, Creative Tactics and Strategic Mischief, and Songwriting for the Movement are just a few of the sessions available at this year’s Great Labor Arts Exchange, being held April 18-21 at the Labor Notes conference in Chicago. If you’re attending, check out a Labor Notes sneak preview here (see page 13 for the GLAE schedule). NOTE: Can't make it to GLAE? We plan to stream selected GLAE programs; stay tuned for details!

You could be a winner! OK, so you missed out on the billion-dollar Powerball drawing. If you’re going to the Great Labor Arts Exchange, though, you could be a winner in our 2024 Song, Poem, Hip-Hop & Drag Contest! Prizes will be awarded in six categories – including, for the first time, drag performance -- the deadline for submission is 5p CST on April 19; click here for entry guidelines and to submit.

READERS WRITE: “Is the Folk Music and the New Deal program (streamed March 26) available in archive?” wonders Hazel Schlueter. “We'll be posting the recording on this page within a few days,” says Elena Ion, Research Director at The Living New Deal Project

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers: send them to us at [email protected]


MASS MoCA museum workers ratify deal: After holding the picket line for nearly three weeks, unionized workers at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) have successfully ratified a new contract that delivers victories on core member issues.


California AMC workers

vote to unionize with IATSE: Workers at the Universal Cinema AMC at CityWalk Hollywood in Universal City, California, have officially voted to unionize with the Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE).

SAG-AFTRA members ratify TV animation contracts: SAG-AFTRA members have ratified new three-year television and basic cable animation contracts covering voice

actors, with overwhelming support.


Shelf Life Books first Richmond bookstore to organize: Workers at a popular new and used bookstore in Richmond, Virginia, have officially joined UFCW Local 400. 

Catch 'Storming Caesars Palace' and 'The Exchange Girl' this weekend

In honor of Women's History Month, the DC Labor FilmFest and Workers Unite! Film Festival are presenting two films On Demand this weekend: Storming Caesars Palace and The Exchange Girl. Storming Caesars Palace is an uplifting story of how a group of ordinary low-income mothers launched a revolutionary Black feminist anti-poverty movement in the 1960s & 1970s. The Exchange Girl is a short documentary about women working in dangerous conditions in silent film post-production. CLICK HERE for complete details and tickets. 

Seeking Today’s Workplace Poets

“I had the good fortune, in the mid-1970s, to be invited into a creative writing class as an audit student—my introduction to the craft of engaged poetry,” writes Susan Eisenberg in her March 21 Labor Notes post. Eisenberg’s post includes a terrific poem, “Almost Killed Myself: Day One, Apprentice Electrician” as well as a call for poetry submissions to both Labor: Studies in Working Class History, where she’s Poetry Editor, and LHF’s weekly newsletter. Check out the post for Labor’s submission guidelines; LHF newsletter submissions may be sent to us at [email protected].

NOTE: This story was posted on the LHF website on March 25; check there daily for our latest posts.

CLUW’s “transcendent” 50th

Leaders of the Coalition of Labor Union Women celebrated the organization’s 50th anniversary on Sunday at the “Transcending” Labor Legacy Landmark (see Labor Video of the Week for a tour) in Detroit, Michigan. “The name of CLUW's first president, Olga M. Madar, is engraved in the monument,” said CLUW National President Elise Bryant, who was joined by CLUW/UAW National VP Ashley Lewis, Michigan CLUW State President Denise Caldwell and Detroit CLUW President Tamika Johnson-Smith. Read more here in our March 25 post.


Changing Lives, Changing L.A.: four members of UNITE HERE Local 11 share their stories. Plus Home Healthcare Aide Rosemarie Francis-Primo, Free speech for who?, and the day Centralia Coal Mine #5 exploded.  The Labor Heritage Power Hour, hosted by Chris Garlock and Elise Bryant, airs every Thursday at 1p on WPFW 89.3FM in Washington, DC.

PICKET SIGN of the Week

A group called @HigherEdLabor United is trying to overcome the silos that divide unions and keep them from working together against the many threats to colleges and universities. #HigherEd GOT PICKET SIGN? Email us at [email protected] 

Labor SONG of the Week

Bread and Roses-The Golden Butterfly Band

Labor VIDEO of the Week

Detroit's Michigan Labor Legacy Landmark Monument


Remembering Triangle families. This portrait of two young women who died in the Triangle Factory Fire on March 25, 1911 — sisters Lucia Maltese (age 20) and Rosarea Maltese (age 14)—is carried by family members at the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Factory Fire in 2011. Fluttering shirtwaist banners for each of the 146 victims were created by artists in the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition. The image is from the exhibit Memory in Cloth: Safety and Solidarity for New York City Garment Workers, originally at NYU's Tamiment Library, now online on LaborArts.


“The most important word in the language of the working class is ‘solidarity’”

Harry Bridges, Australian-born dock union leader. He died on March 30, 1990, at age 88. He helped form and lead the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) for 40 years.

March 29-31: 'Storming Caesars Palace' and 'The Exchange Girl'

March 29: Waiting For Lefty

March 29-30: Las Alas Invisibles: The Unseen Wings

March 29-30; April 3-7: Larry The Musical: An American Journey

April 4: Fighting for Freedom Symposium

NOTE: There are now dozens of labor arts events across the country on our updated website; check them out, let us know what you think, and send details on any events we should to [email protected]


March 29, 1948

“Battle of Wall Street,” police charge strikers lying down in front of stock exchange doors, 43 arrested – 1948 Read more here

On this week’s Labor History Today podcast, “Changing Lives, Changing L.A.”; play created from transcripts from the UNITE HERE Local 11 Oral History Project. 

Which of these DID NOT occur on April 1?
National Hockey League players went out on strike
Baseball umpires went out on strike
Major League Baseball players went out on strike

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ: Mark Twain was a lifelong member of the International Typographical Union

"The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too."

Please CLICK HERE NOW to pledge your financial support to our 2024 program, which includes our annual Solidarity Forever Award, the Great Labor Arts Exchange, the DC Labor FilmFest and much more (check out our website for details!).

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The place to be for American labor arts (3/25)

LHF launches new website, logo & merch shop (3/22) 

Sen. Warren Backs MASS MoCA Strike (3/15) 

Women's history is America's labor history (3/8)

Studs Terkel's “Working" this weekend (3/1)

Toppling Columbus (2/23)

Update on saving the EU 'Solidarity' mural (2/16)

Help Mother Jones march again (2/9)

Graduate Labor Union choir builds solidarity through song (2/2)

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