Zinn Education Project: Labor Matters

Subject: Labor / Worker´s Rights
Age groups: Middle School High School Homeschooling
Resource type: Websites

This lesson, written by the Southern Poverty Law Center´s Teaching Tolerance and posted by Zinn Ed, introduces students to the origins of the minimum wage and the 40-hour workweek. Using reader-friendly articles and small group activities, the lesson emphasizes the actions taken by workers and activists to make sure a minimum wage was established in law and enforced.

Teaching Activity. By Teaching Tolerance.

Introduces students to the role of the labor movement in securing contemporary benefits such as the 40-hour workweek, the minimum wage, and workplace safety regulations.