The Checkered History of Colleges, Unions, and Scabs

Source: Livia Gershon, JSTOR Daily, October 12, 2016

Harvard University’s dining hall workers have been on strike for more than a week. Now, the administration is searching for other employees willing to volunteer to keep students fed and break the strike. The labor battle should remind us that, despite their current reputations as bastions of liberalism, U.S. colleges have historically played a serious role in fighting against unions. A century ago, Harvard and other major universities were heavily involved in anti-union actions, rallying students to act as scabs during the massive labor actions of that era…..
The Student as Strikebreaker: College Youth and the Crisis of Masculinity in the Early Twentieth Century
Source: Stephen H. Norwood, Journal of Social History, Vol. 28 No. 2, Winter 1994
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