The Regulator welcomes Lane Windham, author of Knocking on Labor’s Door: Union Organizing in the 1970s and the Roots of a New Economic Divide, for a reading and book signing.
Highlighting the integral, often-overlooked contributions of women, people of color, young workers, and southerners, Windham reveals how in the 1970s workers combined old working-class tools--like unions and labor law--with legislative gains from the civil and women’s rights movements to help shore up their prospects.
Through close-up studies of workers' campaigns in shipbuilding, textiles, retail, and service, Windham overturns myths about labor’s decline, showing instead how employers united to manipulate weak labor law and quash a new wave of worker organizing. Recounting how employees attempted to unionize against overwhelming odds, Knocking on Labor's Door refashions the narrative of working-class struggle during a crucial decade and shakes up current debates about labor's future. Windham's story is a must-read in labor, civil rights, and women’s history.
Lane Windham is a fellow with Georgetown University's Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor.