by Lindsay Beyerstein
How our blog got its name
Sidney Hillman was a powerful national figure during the Great Depression, a key supporter of the New Deal, and a close ally of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
When the rumor spread that President Roosevelt ordered his party leaders to “clear it with Sidney” before announcing Harry S. Truman as his 1944 running mate, conservative critics turned on the phrase, trumpeting it as proof that the president was under the thumb of “Big Labor.”
Over the years, the phrase lost its sting and became a testament to Hillman's influence.
It's hard to imagine a labor leader wielding that kind clout today, but we like the idea—and we hope Sidney would give thumbs up to our blog.
Sidney's Picks: Labor and Wisconsin
- Rich Yeselson takes a hard look at what Scott Walker's recall victory means for the labor movement.
- Jin Zhao of AlterNet on New York workers' battle for paid sick leave.
- Unemployed jobseekers were bussed to London to work for free at the Queen's diamond jubliee celebration and told to camp under London Bridge the night before, the Guardian reports.
- Food trucks are all the rage in New York City, but a broken permitting system is driving vendors onto the black market, Ilya Marritz reports for WNYC.
[Photo credit: Wander Mule, Creative Commons.]