The history of America’s fight for fair labor
The pandemic has prompted a lot of change.
One considerable shift? Workers telling bosses they’re not gonna take it anymore.The so-called Great Resignation hasn’t slowed so far in 2022. In February, over 4 million people quit their jobs. About 74,000 of those who left worked in retail.
In addition to quitting, workers are also taking back control via unions. In two recent high-profile moves, employees at Starbucks and Amazon voted to organize despite their respective employers’ best efforts.
Those workers are building on decades of strikes and challenges to a system that didn’t always have their best interest in mind.
Kim Kelly is the author of “Fight Like Hell: The Untold History of American Labor.” She takes a look back at America’s labor efforts from the Black washerwomen of Jackson, Mississippi, in the 1800s to today’s sex workers on OnlyFans.
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