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  Photograph by Dan Miller.

Teacher with child in Labor Day parade, New York City, 1982.

This member of the United Federation of Teachers, bearing his son on his shoulders, is expressing a sentiment commonly felt in the labor movement at the time. President Reagan had just been actively involved in breaking the strike of the air controllers and in destroying their union - after they had supported him in the 1980 elections. The strike opened the gates for employers to use "replacement workers" to help break strikes - a practice that was previously practically unheard of. The sarcastic sign, "Lose One for the Gipper" is a reference to one of Reagan's movie roles as Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne, whose team slogan was "Win One for the Gipper."



New York City Central Labor Council Collection.



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