Unions lobby legislatures to add labour history courses in high schools, with limited success

HARTFORD, Conn. – Unions and their allies are looking to state legislatures to establish labour history curriculum in schools, but they’re facing strong pushback.

In six states, opponents have blocked efforts to educate about the formation of unions and their accomplishments.

Kevin Dayton is a policy consultant to non-union construction companies in California. He says union officials believe one reason workers are not organizing is because they’re not taught the benefits of a unionized workforce.

The secretary-treasurer of teachers union AFT Connecticut says it’s not that labour unions are aiming to increase their ranks but that opponents are preventing legislation to keep unions from growing. Legislation for labour history curriculum failed in Connecticut this year for the third time.

Only California and Delaware call on teachers to offer labour history classes.