L322 Fall 2018 History of Unions
Mondays, 2:15–3:40, Oct. 15–Nov.5
Instructor: Jim Dunphy
From the people who brought you the eight-hour day, weekends, and sick leave—we will look at the tumultuous history of unions in the United States, from the beginning of collective action in the Lowell mills in the 1830s to the protests in Wisconsin in the 2010s. It is a history of both successes and failures, and of larger-than-life figures such as Big Bill Haywood, Joe Hill, Mother Jones, and many others. We will look at unions in both the private and public sectors. Each class will start with an overture from the union songbook. After taking this class, Labor Day will mean more than the day the community pools close!
Jim Dunphy is a retired member of Local 17, American Federation of Government Employees. After retiring from the Veterans Affairs (VA) Department, he served as the director of education and training for the National VA Council, the American Federation of Government Employees bargaining council. He comes from almost 100 years of union membership, as his father was a member of the Uniformed Firefighters Association and the Uniformed Fire Officers Association, and his grandfather was a member of the Transit Workers Union.