Right-to-Work: VA Labor History

Right-to-Work: VA Labor History


In 2019, Oxfam rated Virginia the worst state in the nation for workers. “Right to work” laws have racist origins and disproportionately affect black and brown workers today. In this Night School session, we will provide a brief overview of the history of labor in Virginia, from slavery, to Right to Work’s Jim Crow origins, to why we need to end it today. This session will be part lecture, and part collaborative brainstorming of approaches and strategies to help advance our campaign to repeal right-to-work.

Below, you will find a recommended reading list and a recording of the session.

Reading List

The Half has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist