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: Unions, DOMA & "Bum Hunts"
- Hillman Prize-winner Tim Noah argues that the best way to reverse rising income inequality is to revive the labor movement.
- Hot & Crusty bakery workers rally to keep their union.
- Archaeologists are scanning the grounds of a shuttered Florida school for juvenile delinquents, hoping to locate the bodies of boys who were beaten to death at the school over the years.
- A federal court strikes down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act. What does this mean for marriage equality?
- A recruiter for the Arizona National Guard is accused of leading "bum hunts" in which homeless people were shot with paintball guns.
- A powerful story from YNet News about a special battered women's facility in Israel that provides both shelter and legal assistance for observant Jews.
[Photo credit: Wander Mule, Creative Commons.]