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The National Labor Relations Act (Wagner Act) gives workers the right to form unions and bargain collectively. These classroom simulations offer a unique opportunity to explore how workers can exercise these rights.
Click here to read Julian Bond’s speech to the AFL-CIO 25th Constitutional Convention.
This article by Kevin Kolben argues that labor rights and human rights movements have a great deal in common: both are motivated by a commitment to justice, both advocate for the interests of the oppressed, and both have long used rights principles and language to advocate for their goals. Click here to read this article.
An Employment Guide For Young Workers Nichole Bighess, a student at Cornell University, compiled “Your Rights On The Job” while working as an intern at the American Labor Studies Center. The infomation she has assembled is designed to help young … Continue reading
Click this link to read about: “A Cry for Justice: The Voices of Chinese Workers”
Child Labor Web Resources -
This site provides links to education institutions, government, media, and non-governmental web sites on child labor….
New Hampshire Mill Girls and the Ten Hour Struggle – New Hampshire has a rich labor history. From the beginning, workers have fought for fair wages, good working conditions, and respect on the job. Unfortunately, most students have insufficient opportunity to learn about this history. This curriculum is one example of how New Hampshire’s labor history can be brought to the high school classroom.
Cyber School Bus 3Plus-U – An instructional program developed by the ILO to teach about child labor.
Photographs of Lewis Hine: Documentation of Child Labor – This “Teaching with Documents Lesson Plan” was developed by the staff at the National Archives & Records Administration. The well developed lesson plan contains a correlation to the National History Standards and the National Standards for Civics and Government. Once at the NARA web site you’ll find many other interesting lessons. (Hine’s Photos @ “The History Place”)
Free The Children – Children Helping Children -
Free the Children is an international network of children helping children at a local, national and international level through representation, leadership and action. It was founded by Craig Kielburger in 1995, when he was 12 years old.
AFT Child Labor Project –
For millions of children around the world, school is a luxury. Around the world, more than 200 million children work in unspeakable conditions in sweatshops, mines and factories. Instead of their ABC’s, these children are learning to weave carpets, haul bricks, sew garments, and manufacture toys they will never enjoy. The best way to stop child labor? Provide all children with free, accessible education. That’s the goal of the Child Labor Project, sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers.
Child Labor Coalition – The Child Labor Coalition (CLC) exists to serve as a national network for the exchange of information about child labor; provide a forum and a unified voice on protecting working minors and ending child labor exploitation…
Child Labor in America –
This unit asks students to critically examine, respond to and report on photographs as historical evidence. Students will discover the work of reformer/photographer Lewis Hine, whose photographs give the issue of child labor a dramatic personal relevance and illustrate the impact of photojournalism in the course of American history.