“You Can't Eat Coal: Women's Social Justice Activism in Appalachia”; on this week's Labor History Today podcast, Working History podcast host Beth English interviews Jessica Wilkerson, Assistant Professor of History and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi, on her book, "To Live Here You Have to Fight," and the recent history of feminist social justice activism in Appalachia.
The United Auto Workers and the Teamsters form the Alliance for Labor Action (ALA), later to be joined by several smaller unions. The ALA's agenda included support of the civil rights movement and opposition to the war in Viet Nam. It disbanded after four years following the death of UAW President Walter Reuther - 1968 photo: Walter Reuther takes part in a civil rights march in Washington, circa 1963.
U.S. minimum wage rises to $7.25 per hour, up from $6.55. This is the last time the minimum wage was raised (The House passed a bill raising the minimum wage to $15 on July 18, 2019). - 2009