I will attach a reading, please read the reading and answer the following questions:

1. Thinking about collecting data for labor and working-class history projects…How would this article have changed without the interviews the author used in telling the story of the Concerned Transit Workers (CTW)? What value do the interviews add to the narrative?

2. In what ways can we link the history of the CTW organizing and strikes with the “Bargaining for the Common Good” format that many public sector unions have been using in the last few years?
For more information on Bargaining for the Common Good: http://www.bargainingforthecommongood.org/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

3. What does the story reveal about individual versus group efforts to deal with racism in the workplace? Think about legal avenues (Title IV of the Civil Rights Act, 1964); union apparatus (bargaining, grievance procedures), social relationships (networking and politics.

4. What parallels can we make between the media/political response to Black Power in the late-1960s and the response to the Black Lives Matter movement today? How did activists attempt to incorporate the ideology while building solidarity across various groups of bus drives within the ATU and among community members? In what ways can worker organizations collaborate with other social movements for broad social/political change?


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