Here students begin to shake up their assumptions about labor and union history. Too often students enter class burdened with stereotypical notions of unions and other worker organizations. The two student handouts (“What Rights Do I Have?”) in this lesson emphasize that studying about labor can be personal. Students will realize some of what they don’t know about the labor movement, learn important background information about labor history and contemporary organized labor, consider rights that workers have and do not have, and reflect on rights we should have at work, but don’t.
The Power In Our Hands—Available for Download
This is one of the 16 lessons available from The Power In Our Hands. Other lessons available for individual download are:
Unit I: Basic Understandings
Unit II: Changes in the Workplace/”Scientific Management”
- Paper Airplane Simulation
- Free to Think, Talk, Listen, or Sing
- Modern Times
- “Taylorizing” Burgers: A Fantasy
Unit III: Defeats, Victories, Challenges
Unit IV: Our Own Recent Past
- It’s a Mystery—White Workers Against Black Workers
- Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union: Black and White Unite?
- 1934 West Coast Longshore Strike
- Union Maids
Unit V: Continuing Struggle
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