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Labor and the Class Idea in the United States and Canada

April 5, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Barry Eidlin and Micah Uetricht for a discussion on class consciousness and the labor movement.

Thursday, April 5th, at 7:30 in the Seattle Labor Temple, Hall 6.

Barry Eidlin is the author of the forthcoming book “Labor and the Class Idea in the United States and Canada.” In it, he investigates why, despite many other national similarities, unions are weaker in the US than in Canada. He argues it is the result of an initially more anti-union ruling party in Canada that forced Canadian labor unions to embrace the principles of class struggle more deeply than their US counterparts. If we can understand how this split occurred it can inform how we fight to change it today.

Barry Eidlin is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at McGill University, Montréal. He is a comparative historical sociologist interested in the study of class, politics, social movements, and social change. His research has been published in the American Sociological Review, Politics & Society, Sociology Compass, and Labor History, among other venues, and has won awards from the American Sociological Association, the Labor and Employment Relations Association, and the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States. He also comments regularly in various media outlets on labor politics and policy, including The Washington Post, Jacobin, and The Conversation.

Micah Uetricht is an associate editor at Jacobin magazine. He’s the author of Strike for America: Chicago Teachers Against Austerity, a book about the Chicago Teachers Union and their 2012 strike, and currently a graduate student in sociology at McGill University, where he is studying the labor movement.


April 5, 2018
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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