June is our work issue. During these contentious times, we are looking at different forms of courage. Some jobs, like First Responders, require greater courage than other forms of work. Another important job that requires infinite courage and a meticulous work ethic are our election workers who serve on the front lines of our democracy. One of our writers, Robin Lindley, sent us Ken Burns’ Commencement Address at Brandeis University, which embodies the essence of courage. Ask yourself an important question: How big a role does courage play in your life?

This month Barbara Lloyd McMichael writes about election workers who take their jobs seriously. Running a fair and transparent election process is fundamental to perpetuating our democracy, and it’s essential to have enough well trained election workers to make that happen.

On Courage is a new essay by Patricia Vaccarino from her collection: NOTES FROM THE WORKING CLASS.

Speaking Up by Annie Searle: Speaking up can take many forms, and smart companies describe the pathways to their employees. The last resort and most formal of the options is called whistleblowing, and is defined in the legislation that created the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 that covers federal employees who report misconduct.

Robin Lindley Interviews labor historian Dr. Harvey Schwartz on his book "Labor Under Siege," an oral history of the modern International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and its President, Bob McEllrath.

Ken Burns’ recent Commencement address at Brandeis University certainly touches upon courage, integrity, and the ability to discern the truth about our past, present, and what is yet to come.

Extremism of Protests Today and in the 1960s by Nick J. Licata: About 5% of college campuses are experiencing protests. This is different from the '60s; their size and scope are smaller.

UNITE OR DIE: The Worst Form of Government is the second essay in a five-part series by Dr. Peter Corning.

Book Review: Powers of Arrest If you’ve ever wondered what life is like in the Rust Belt, Powers of Arrest by Jon Talton is a guided tour that offers glimpses both of the old city and what it is like today. 



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