Woody Guthrie plays the Ballad of John Henry
Rare clip of Woody Guthrie playing the Ballad of John Henry, accompanied by Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, from the movie "To Hear Your Banjo Play." Great old footage of railroad workers—and Pete Seeger makes a cameo on banjo at the end!
Labor’s International Connections
The first president of the AFL, Samuel Gompers, worked hard in the aftermath of World War I to establish the International Labor Organization (ILO). This organization, now a specialized international agency of the United Nations, has a tripartite structure, meaning equal representation from governments, employers, and worker organizations. It seeks to open up a “social dialog” to deal with international problems directly affecting workers and to evaluate the standards for workers around the world.
—Adapted from The Union Member's Complete Guide, by Michael Mauer.