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: Sub-Minimum Wage, Kristof's Error
- Underpaid By Law: A waitress on life at sub-minimum wage.
- How Nick Kristof went wrong on American poverty.
- DNA exonerates convict after 28 years in prison for murder.
- Brain-injured patients abused at Florida rehabilitation institute.
- New York's housing authority is sending workers into Sandy-damaged buildings without proper protective equipment. (HT: Elizabeth)
[Photo Credit: Wander Mule, Creative Commons]