Influential voices in larger society are coming to understand what we’ve known all along: writing labor’s obituary is foolhardy.
Consider “America’s labor movement is finally waking up after a 30 year slumber.” Go past the headline and absorb the real talk from a business analyst.
Vox reported, “A record number of US workers went on strike in 2018.”
On the same topic, journalist Steven Greenhouse charted “The Return of the Strike.”
On consecutive June days, labor’s message occupied pages of the Washington Post and New York Times. On the Post op-ed page, a respected commentator stated, “Trump’s attack on working people demands a bold, progressive response.” In the NYT, the editorial board critiqued “Trump’s War on Worker Rights.”
It is said that journalists write the first rough draft of history. Similarly, labor journalists produce the first rough draft of labor history. It’s easy to lose sight of this in the daily grind, but the work of ILCA members is genuinely historic.
It allows an outside observer such as Greenhouse to weave the story together into Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor, Greenhouse’s forthcoming book.
It invites praise, in the form of an ILCA Labor Media Award. Through our annual contest, labor’s history is celebrated and amplified in real time.
Ours is a collective effort by individual unions whose members often work behind the scenes in unexpected industries. The AFL-CIO is shining a spotlight on its members through a blog series entitled “Get to Know AFL-CIO’s Affiliates.”
Our members who have been profiled include Actors’ Equity Association, Air Line Pilots Association, Amalgamated Transit Union, American Federation of Government Employees, American Federation of Musicians, American Federation of School Administrators, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, American Federation of Teachers, American Postal Workers Union, Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen, California School Employees Association, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
These are our stories. This is our time.
To flourish, we need all hands on deck. This is how we move the “solidarity forever” concept from slogan to success. Resilience looks like this:
- Join or renew your ILCA membership
- Enter the 2019 Labor Media Awards Contest by 7/31/19 (final deadline!)
- Register to attend our November convention
- Apply to serve on the ILCA board
The one to strengthen our momentum is you.