Miriam Frank began her career as a professor in Detroit who launched women's studies at the community college level in the 1970s. She worked with the National Endowment for the Humanities to bring discussions and cultural events to union halls and community centers. In 1995, she began work on Out in the Union: A Labor History of Queer America, in which she collected oral histories from LGBTQ union activists, many of whom spoke to her at great risk to their personal safety and professional life. A decade later, the work was published and the voices of the activists she captured gave human shape to the intersection between the rights of working people and the rights of the LGBTQ community.
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In today’s labor history, on this date in 1979, the founding convention of the United Food and Commercial Workers was held. The merger brought together the Retail Clerks Union and the Amalgamated Meatcutters and Butcher Workmen of North America.
Today’s labor quote is the chorus of songwriter Ray Korona’s song about the Pageant of the Paterson Strike, which was created and performed – just once, on this date in 1913 in New York City -- by 1,000 mill workers from the silk industry strike:
Madison Square Garden never looked like this before
A thousand workers made us feel the horror of class war
It was dreamlike yet so lifelike; tragic yet so grand
The Pageant of the Paterson Strike
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