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Clear It With Sidney

The best of the week’s news by Lindsay Beyerstein

Clear It with Sidney

Sidney's Picks: Who Killed Overtime?

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North wall (detail), Diego Rivera, Detroit Industry murals, 1932-33, twenty-seven fresco panels at the Detroit Institute of Arts (photo: quickfix, CC BY-SA 2.0) via SmartHistory.

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Sidney's Picks: #Hillman22 Videos, Unions, & Democracy

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AFGECreative Commons, 2011. 

The Best of the Week’s News:

  • Check out videos of the 2022 Hillman Prize speeches!
  • Unionized nurses are fighting hard, but terrible working conditions persist. (The Nation)
  • What are unions doing to protect American democracy? (TNR)
  • Diplomacy with a side of fraud: A Russian envoy dangled $500 billion fake dollars to entice Catalonian Separatists to break from Spain and become a cryptocurrency haven. (OCCRP
  • Trump lawyer John Eastman urged Pennsylvania’s GOP-controlled legislature to disenfranchise all PA voters by declaring the entire vote illegal and choosing Trump electors. (NYT)

Check out the Photos of the 2022 Hillman Prizes!

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Hillman judge Jamelle Bouie with Hillman Prizewinners for Newspaper Journalism Daphne Duret and Gina Barton. 

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate
the 2022 Hillman Prizes and the Sol Stetin Award for Labor History!

More photos are on our website and videos will be up soon.

We had a wonderful night and we look forward to seeing you all next year!

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- The Sidney Hillman team

Sidney’s Picks: Tickets for Teens; Intimidation for Starbucks Organizers

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Jeremy BrooksCreative Commons.

Best of the Week’s News:

  • Cops are giving kids expensive tickets for minor infractions. (ProPublica/Chicago Tribune)
  • Tampa clinic that failed to warn workers about elevated lead levels will close for good. The ongoing impact of a Sidney-winning series. (TB Times)
  • How it became normal for public officials to target journalists. (WaPo)
  • Organizing efforts at Starbucks are met with intimidation. (Teen Vogue)

Sidney's Picks: Congratulations Hillman Prize-winners & Happy Earth Day!

Best of the Week’s News:

  • Meet the winners of the 2022 Hillman Prizes! The ceremony will be held in person in Manhattan on May 3. 
  • Over 200 Starbucks stores across the country have filed for union elections, despite intimidation—and relentless self-pity—from management. (Labor Notes, More Perfect Union)
  • Apple Store workers in Atlanta file for the company’s first union election. (The Verge)
  • EU urges work-from-home to conserve energy. (WaPo)
  • Hillman judge Jamelle Bouie on why Democrats have to stop ignoring the culture wars and start winning them. (NYT)

The Sidney Hillman Foundation Names 2022 Hillman Prize Winners and the Sol Stetin Award for Labor History

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The winners of the 2022 Hillman Prizes

The Sidney Hillman Foundation announces today the winners of the 72nd annual Hillman Prizes for journalism, recognizing a USA TODAY investigation into reprisals against police whistleblowers, ProPublica’s series on how billionaires avoid paying taxes and Ari Berman’s agenda-setting reporting on voting rights. ABC15 Arizona wins a Hillman Prize for reporting that showed the Phoenix Police Department and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office fabricating evidence and lying to a grand jury to charge protesters as a wholly fictional criminal street gang for their peaceful protests after George Floyd’s murder.

The jury selected two books this year: Eyal Press for his book about our society’s most ethically troubling jobs that the least advantaged perform on our behalf, and Clint Smith for his book about visiting historical sites to investigate how slavery and the Civil War are memorialized and taught.

This year’s prizes were judged by writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, the New York Times’ Jamelle Bouie, Reuters’ Alix Freedman, the New Yorker’s Hendrik Hertzberg, the American Prospect’s Harold Meyerson and The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel.

The 2022 winners of the Hillman Prizes are:

  • Book – Eyal Press: “Dirty Work: Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality in America,” Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Book – Clint Smith: “How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America,” Little, Brown and Company Broadcast
  • Broadcast ABC15 Arizona, Dave Biscobing: “Politically Charged”
  • NewspaperUSA TODAY, Gina Barton, Daphne Duret, Brett Murphy: “Behind the Blue Wall”
  • Magazine – Mother Jones, Ari Berman, reporting on voting rights
  • Web – ProPublica, ProPublica staff: “The Secret IRS Files”

Reporting by this year’s prize winners has had significant positive impact, including:

  • ABC15’s reporting resulted in dismissals of felony protest cases and an ongoing Department of Justice investigation into the Phoenix Police Department.
  • Ari Berman’s reporting resulted in Illinois ethics investigations against two major organizations seeking to restrict access to the ballot.
  • USA Today’s police whistleblower series resulted in an Attorney General’s investigation of a police department, the dismissal of a police chief, renewed legal interest in a suspicious death in custody, and the abrupt reversal of a whistleblower’s suspension.

This year’s honorees follow in the trailblazing tradition of past Hillman Prize winners ranging from Murray Kempton in 1950 for his articles on labor in the south and Edward R. Murrow in 1954 for his critical reports on civil liberties and Joseph McCarthy at the height of the Red Scare; to David Fahrenthold, in 2017, for exposing Donald Trump’s sexual harassment and mismanagement of his foundation, and Julie K. Brown in 2019 for reporting on the sex crimes and sweetheart deals of Jeffrey Epstein.

The Hillman Prizes are open to journalists and subjects globally for any published reporting widely accessible to a U.S. audience. Winners are awarded a $5,000 prize and a certificate designed by New Yorker cartoonist Edward Sorel.

The foundation also announces today that Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia University, is the recipient of the 2022 Sol Stetin Award for Labor History. One of this country’s most distinguished historians, Foner’s deep and extensive scholarship has reshaped the way Americans understand the history of their country, especially the Civil War and its aftermath. Throughout his career he has been concerned with how political, economic, and social struggles have shaped and been shaped by the lives and activity of ordinary working people. The Sidney Hillman Foundation grants this lifetime achievement award to a labor historian who has made a significant contribution to the field, researching and telling the stories of working peoples’ lives.

In 2011, the Sidney Hillman Foundation inaugurated the Canadian Hillman Prize. This year, Nicholas Hune-Brown won for the “The Shadowy Business of International Education,” published in The Walrus, which lays bare the exploitation of international students in Canada. 

“Investigative journalism requires tireless dedication to uncovering hard truths and the courage to hold those in power accountable,” said Alexandra Lescaze, the foundation’s Executive Director. “This year’s winners epitomize Hillman’s ideals and the critical role investigative reporting has in safeguarding our society and strengthening our democracy.”

“The Hillman Prizes for journalism honor the legacy of Sidney Hillman, an immigrant who dedicated his life to a “better America.” Hillman, the founder and president of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America and a founder of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), believed that a free press was essential to a fair and equal society. The Sidney Hillman Foundation has sought to carry on his legacy by honoring journalists who illuminate the great issues of our times — from the search for a basis for lasting peace to the need for better housing, medical care and employment for all people to the promotion of civil liberties, democracy and the battle against discrimination of all kinds.

The Sidney Hillman Foundation will host an in-person event with limited capacity and Covid-19 precautions on May 3, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. After two years of virtual events, we are excited to be back together in person to honor such important journalism and stand up for unions and working people,” said Bruce Raynor, president of the foundation.

Sidney’s Picks: Have Fancy Union-Busting Consultants Lost Their Mojo?

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Historical image of a luxury doorman in New York City. (Library of Congress via  

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Sidney’s Picks: A New Era of Organizing After Amazon/JFK8 Union Win?

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Ralph Chaplin, 1917, Public Domain

The Best of the Week’s News:

  • National Labor Relations Board moves to block a favorite anti-union tactic: Mandatory meetings (Verge)
  • If the Senate won’t pass pro-union legislation, can progressive states act to help workers organize? (WaPo) 
  • These past Sidney winners present a short video on the backstory of the successful Amazon union drive at JFK8 in Staten Island. (More Perfect Union)
  • A leaked Amazon app would ban words like “union,” “plantation,” and “restrooms, and “pay raise.”   (Intercept)
  • What Amazon will do next, and how labor must respond. (Prospect)

Sidney’s Picks: Historic Amazon Union Win on Staten Island; Celebrating the Canadian Hillmans

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The winner and honorable mention recipients of the 2022 Canadian Hillman Prizes.

Sidney’s Picks:

  • Thursday’s Canadian Hillman Prize ceremony was  a celebration of outstanding journalism and our first in-person even in two years!
  • Amazon workers on Staten Island win historic unionization vote. (CNBC)
  • Meet the renegade NYC Amazon organizers who did what no one thought was possible. (The City)
  • Meanwhile in Alabama, the Amazon union trails by a little over 100 votes, but there are still over 400 challenged ballots in play. (Verge)

Sidney’s Picks: LA Sheriff’s Gangs Exposed & Historic Union Win at Starbucks

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