By Storyteller Jim May
Storyteller Jim May relates his days working his way through school on a union construction crew; as well as the unions roll in softening the effects of classism and racism.
- Have you ever worked in a menial job with someone without an education but found that they had much wisdom and sound advice based on their natural intelligence, intuition and life experience?
- Have you ever worked in a job where you were kept on but someone was let go in spite of the fact that they were as good a worker as you? Was there some kind of prejudice involved around race, gender, sexual orientation, class or age?
- What is your feeling about labor unions? What was their role in ushering in the 40-hour week, getting paid for overtime and ending child labor among other worker benefits?
- Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do by Studs Terkel
- Working Class in America by Eugene Debs
- History of the U.S. Labor Movement: Labor Movement in the United States: Volume Two by Phillip Foner
- Trail Guide For A Crooked Heart by Jim May (p. 12)
- African American/Black History
- Crossing Cultures
- Education and Life Lessons
- European American/Whites
- Family and Childhood
- Stereotypes and Discrimination
Use this video and story in your classroom with the Reflections and Discussions