From the Hard Hats to the NASCAR Dads

In today’s media, you would be hard pressed to find a “working-class liberal.”  Invoking the word “liberal” is more likely to fill the political imagination with Swedish cars, unpronounceable coffee drinks, and fine wine, than down-home folks.  There are, of course, blue-collar conservatives and Reagan Democrats by the truckload in American political discourse, but seemingly very few wage earners who might consider themselves to the left of whatever passes for the center these days.  While the reality is much more complex than the rhetoric, as linguist Geoffrey Nunberg has shown, the term liberal in contemporary political discourse is currently reserved for everything that the working class is not.

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Halving the Double Day

In today’s 24/7 economy, the time squeeze has many in its grip. But none feel the pressure more than those juggling full-time employment with what can seem like a second shift at home. An earlier generation of labor women termed this double burden the “double day,” arguing that it weighed most heavily on women, particularly those in lower-income families. That inequity continues today. Lower-income women cannot contract out housework and care-giving responsibilities as easily as the more affluent. Nor is cutting back on the time spent on the job a viable option for the growing number of women who are the primary, and at times sole, breadwinner in the family.

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Summer Conferences of Interest to Our Movements

Ah summer! Time for conferencing, submitting and gathering for organizers, activists, and left-leaning academics. New Labor Forum has done the hard work of curating some of the more important upcoming events on our radar that we think you’ll be interested in. We’re not ranking by order of importance, and would love to see the events we missed that you think ought to be mentioned.

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