Black labor organization

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Organized Labor in the 20th Century South, edited by Robert H. Ziegler (1991)
A review by Dave Silver, 6 January 1998.
Feds probe threats against black firefighters. ‘We are not going to be divided,’ union says of hate mail
By Judy DeHaven and David G. Grant, The Detroit News, 29 January 1998. Federal authorities are taking seriously anonymous hate letters that threaten the lives of black Detroit firefighters and call for whites to reclaim the fire department ‘by any means necessary.’
The Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the CIO
By Bill Fletcher Jr. and Peter Agard, in The Dispatcher, February 2000. In the 1930s, the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), transformed the U.S. labor movement. In the process of this transformation Black workers left their mark, all too often overlooked.
Blacks a big part of labor but not in top positions
By Gary T. Pakulski, The Toledo Blade, 27 February 2000. Critics charge that the U.S. labor movement includes too few Black leaders. Blacks are a major part of organized labor’s strategy for rebuilding depleted membership rosters, yet rarely are they in top leadership posts.
Book Review: Always Bring A Crowd: The Story of Frank Lumpkin, Steelworker. By Bea Lumpkin
By John Woodford, 12 March 2000. This is the story of an extraordinary ‘common man.’ His life story shows us how to get out of the handbasket and start building up a better society. It will take union power.
Which Way for Black Labor? Unionists Seek Path To ‘Economic Development’
By BC Publishers Glen Ford and Peter Gamble, The Black Commentator, issue 184, 18 May 18, 2006. Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) Miami convention. Black trade unionists must challenge notion that a low-wage economy is both good and necessary for America and that working families must accept a low standard of living. What is economic development? Reindustrialization plan. Critique of CBTU class collaboration.
The Decline of African-American representation in unions and manufacturing, 1979–2006
By John Schmitt and Ben Zipperer, Center for Economic Policy and Research, The Black Commentator, issue 220, 8 March 2007. As union representation and union coverage have declined for the country as a whole, unionization rates for African-Americans have fallen more quickly than for the rest of the workforce.