Labor Movement

Lessons of the 1934 Textile Strike: Their Relevance for Today

In the 1930s, hundreds of thousands of U.S. textile workers took advantage of new legislation and joined unions in an industry that had been facing economic hardship even before the Great Depression. Exploitative working conditions in the South led to one of the largest labor strikes in U.S. history — one that suffered a bitter defeat. The story and its lessons deserve to be told.

With the sun setting in the background, striking coal miners with Warrior Met stand holding up signs. They look silhouetted.

“A Slap in the Face”: Striking Alabama Miners Push Back on Contract Settlement

On the sixth day of a strike of over 1,100 workers at the Warrior Met coal mines in Alabama, the union presented the rank and file with a tentative agreement from the company. The contract offers certain concessions, but does not address the central demands workers say they require before they come off the picket lines.

In the dark, striking miners hold up signs saying "No contract, no coal."

From the Picket Line: Alabama Coal Miners on Strike

Left Voice was on the ground in Alabama to report on and stand in solidarity with the more than 1,100 Warrior Met Coal Mine workers on strike. We spoke with many workers on the picket line about this struggle and the conditions they face at the mines.