The DC Working Class History Seminar met at the Teamsters Labor History Research Center on Saturday, September 27, 2014. The Seminar is an informal group of labor and immigration historians who meet periodically during the academic year to discuss works in progress – draft articles or chapters – by Seminar participants. At each meeting, two pieces are discussed with the authors providing some context and the rest of the group providing collegial critique, asking questions for clarification and offering suggestions on how to improve the piece.
The Teamsters Labor History Research Center hosted a Progressive Students Union program on wage theft on April 24, 2014. Hannah Kane, an employment justice organizer for the Employment Justice Center, led the program. Hannah first delineated the various forms of wage theft such as improperly logged hours, unpaid overtime, tips theft, working off the clock and paying less than minimum wage.
On January 29, 2014, President Steven Knapp awarded the GWU President’s Medal to IBT General President James P. Hoffa. The President’s Medal is the highest honor the university president can bestow. Mr. Hoffa was first elected Teamsters General President in 1999. He was subsequently reelected in 2001, 2006 and 2011. At the award ceremony IBT Communications Director Bret Caldwell presented an introduction to Mr. Hoffa’s life and work. President Knapp read the award citation and Mr.
On January 14, 2014 the GWU History Department presented a guest lecture by Dr. Risa Goluboff entitled “People Out of Place: A Constitutional History of the Long 60s”. Dr. Goluboff is a historian of civil rights, labor and constitutional law at the University of Virginia. She spoke to a group of GW students and faculty gathered in the Teamsters Labor History Research Center. Her lecture focused on how U.S.
We Got Now – Youth Organizing in the 21st Century
Prepared by Tom Connors
On November 3, 2013, the Teamsters Labor History Research Center hosted a panel discussion sponsored by the GWU Progressive Student Union on youth organizing. Speakers were Allison Burket, an organizer for UNITE HERE Local 23 and Joshua Dedmond from the UAW Global Organizing Institute and DC Student Justice Alliance. Progressive Student Union coordinating committee member Sam Nelson moderated.
Prepared by Tom Connors
[Booknotes is an occasional feature that highlights new book and pamphlet acquisitions of special note.]
The Blue Note: Seattle’s Black Musicians’ Union – A Pictorial History by David Keller (Our House Publishing, 2013) 224 pp., illustrated, paperbound.
September 23, 2013
The Teamsters Labor History Research Center hosted a panel discussion on “The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom: Labor and Civil Rights” on September 23, 2013. Professor Eric Arnesen of GW’s History Department organized the program. Speakers were Professor Arnesen, Norman Hill, an organizer of the 1963 march, and William Jones, professor of history at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and author of The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights.
Please join us on Monday, September 23, 2013 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. for The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom: Labor and the Civil Rights Movement program. Speakers will include Eric Arnesen, Professor of History, George Washington University, Norman Hill, former Executive Director of the A. Philip Randolph Institute and an organizer of the 1963 March, William Jones, Professor of History, University of Wisconsin Madison and author of The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights.
The Teamsters History Project has produced a pictorial publication to commemorate the centennial of the birth of James R. Hoffa. Titled James R. Hoffa Remembered the book depicts Hoffa from his early years as a Teamsters organizer, his rise to prominence as a Central States Conference of Teamsters officer to his time as General President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (1957-1971). The current IBT General President James P. Hoffa provides a poignant preface to the book. To obtain free copies of James R.