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Fred Glass Surveys California's Labor Movement, from Gold Rush to Microchips

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BART workers on strike took to the street in front of Lake Merritt BART station to picket on October 18, 2013. (Photo: Deborah Svoboda/KQED)

With Uber drivers suing for benefits and graduate students unionizing, labor issues are once again in the spotlight in California. The Golden State has always had a rich labor movement, from the Gold Rush to the Delano grape strikes. In his new book “From Mission to Microchip: A History of the California Labor Movement,” Fred Glass traces Californians’ fight for their rights over the past century and unearths their individual stories. In this hour of Forum, we’ll talk with Glass about labor movements past and present.


Fred Glass, author, "From Mission to Microchip: A History of the California Labor Movement"; communications director, California Federation of Teachers (AFT/AFL-CIO)


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