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Tuesday, November 15, 2022

On this date in 1881 the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions was established. It was the precursor to the American Federation of Labor and combined several different unions representing a variety of trades. The FOTLU worked to educate the public on labor issues and lobbied Congress to pass laws supporting the rights of workers.

  • Rethinking Schools lesson written by Bill Bigelow and Norm Diamond titled What Rights Do We Have? This lesson teaches some of the nuts and bolts of labor unions and then moves beyond to ask students to consider what rights they have at work, and to recognize that “rights” depend in large part on what people have fought for and won.