Richard Greenwald is a labor historian and social critic. . His essays have appeared in In These Times, The Progressive, The Wall Street Journal among others. He is currently writing a book on the rise of freelancing and is co-editing a book on the future of work for The New Press, which features essays from the county’s leading labor scholars and public intellectuals.
Greenwald is the author of The Triangle Fire, the Protocols of Peace and Industrial Democracy in Progressive Era New York (2005), co-editor of Sweatshop USA: The American Sweatshop in Historical and Global Perspective (2003), and is currently writing a book about C. Wright Mills and labor. He is a member of the editorial board for the journal Working USA.
No Self-Help Wanted
You are not the only thing holding you back. MORE
Culture · March 20, 2013
Digging the Underground Press
The Sixties' scrappy alternative newspapers were the oxygen that kept the era's movements going. MORE
Culture · March 30, 2011
Triangle Fire: Remembrance of Things Past—and Present
Last week there were, as there should have been, many events in New York City and beyond remembering the Triangle Fire. After all, March 25 was the 100th anniversary of that tragedy, in which 146... MORE
Working · March 29, 2011
What We Haven’t Learned From the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
On March 25, 1911, 146 mostly young immigrant women died in a terrible factory fire in Manhattan. The tragedy, at the time the deadliest ever in New York City's history, changed America. While the nation... MORE
Working · March 22, 2011
Rethinking ‘the Last Days of the Working Class’
In Stayin' Alive, Jefferson Cowie draws a surprising portrait of the 1970s The 1970s are the Rodney Dangerfield of decades—they get no respect. Maybe it's because those were the years in... MORE
Working · December 20, 2010
Why Are Sweatshops So Invisible? One Answer: The Media
As the 100th anniversary of New York City's Triangle Fire tragedy approaches (it's March 25th), I have been thinking a lot about both the fire and garment workers past and present. Even prior... MORE
Working · October 19, 2010
Might New Union Leaders Speak—and Act— for All Workers?
In his inauguration speech in mid-June, new United Autoworkers Bob King returned the focus of his once powerful union to its historic legacy. There was a time, not too long ago, when the... MORE
Working · September 29, 2010
What’s Missing From the Movement? Leaders!
They're needed more than ever this Labor Day There will, no doubt, be lots of posts and articles about Labor Day, many of which will offer prescriptions for labor. Many will stress needed... MORE
Working · September 6, 2010
A Modest Proposal for Teacher Tenure Reform
Lifetime employment should be earned. MORE
Views · August 24, 2010
Rushing for the Exits: Public Employees Take Retirement Over Retrenchment
As the economy continues to stumble and state budgets (most many months late) have been slashed to the bone, state workers have rushed to the exits and taken early retirement or just plain... MORE
Working · August 16, 2010