This class explores the history of the so-called “right to work,” a legal framework that erodes workers’ ability to build power through unionization. Participants will learn about the racist origins of “right to work” laws in the U.S. South; the “open shop” movement of the early 20th century; the conditions that gave rise to the Taft-Hartley Act; the expansion of “right to work” laws in the early 21st century; the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31; and how workers have organized and fought back against these legal obstacles along the way.

Facilitator: Amy Livingston


Cancellation Policy

Course tuition is nonrefundable unless the LES office cancels a course. In the case of LES course cancellation, 100% of tuition will be refunded.

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