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Knocking on Labor's DoorUnion Organizing in the 1970s and the Roots of a New Economic Divide$
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Lane Windham

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469632070

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632070.001.0001

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Resistance in Retail

Resistance in Retail

Organizing Woodward & Lothrop

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(p.128) 6 Resistance in Retail
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Knocking on Labor's Door
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Lane Windham

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632070.003.0007

This chapter features a successful union organizing effort among 5300 women and men at the Woodward & Lothrop department store in Washington, DC. It explores retail workers’ demands for unions and economic security, even as the retail industry’s labor standards declined, and highlights 1970s labor activism among female, young and African-American workers. Newly uncovered anti-union lawyer’s documents reveal employers’ union busting tactics in retail.

Keywords:   United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Retail Clerks International Union (RCIU), Woodward & Lothrop, department store workers, retail industry, UFCW Local 400

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