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: Pizza; Work Safety; and Stop-and-Frisk
- Josh Eidelson of Working In These Times has the latest on the Palermo's Pizza labor dispute.
- Hillman judge Harold Meyerson compiles a history of American labor in photos for the American Prospect.
- The Radio Rookies, young reporters at WNYC, examine the effects of stop-and-frisk in the Bronx. They really put NYPD chief Ray Kelly on the spot in a one-on-one interview.
- In honor of Labor Day, ProPublica compiled a great set of stories on the dismal state of occupational health and safety in the United States. [Submitted by reader EF]