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On this week’s show we’re featuring songs about labor organizing. Recently the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that labor union membership has risen to 12.4% of the working population. This figure is a slight increase over 12.1% in 2007, but significantly lower than the 20.1% in 1983. There are many reasons for this decrease including decline in popularity during financial crises and the general reaction to the collective bargaining concept. We’re checking out music from Billy Bragg, Emma's Revolution, Phyllis Boyens, Windborne, The Seattle Labor Chorus and many more. It’s time to organize … this week on The Sing Out! Radio Magazine.

Episode #20-36: Labor Day, Pt.2 (Organize!)
Host: Tom Druckenmiller

Artist/”Song”/CD/Label

Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer”(excerpt) / Songs of Hope and Struggle / Smithsonian Folkways
Taj Mahal / “Morning Work-N' Meats on the Stove” / Sounder / Varese Sarabande
Windborne / “Which Side Are You On?” / Recollections-Revolutions / Wand'ring Feet
Billy Bragg / “Joe Hill” / Don't Mourn-Organize! / Smithsonian Folkways

Steve Earle & the Dukes / “Union, Go And Country” / Ghosts of West Virginia / New West
William E Keating / “Down, Down, Down” / Songs and Ballads of the Anthracite Miners / Rounder
Phyllis Boyens / “Blue Diamond Mines” / Coal Mining Women / Rounder
Strange Creek Singers-Hazel Dickens / “Black Lung” / Strange Creek Singers / Arhoolie
Taj Mahal / “Needed Time (banjo and handclapping)” / Sounder / Varese Sarabande

Seattle Labor Chorus / “There Is Power in the Union” / Songs of Working People / Self Produced
Commoners Choir / “Spinning Home” / Untied Kingdom / No Masters
John McCutcheon / “Laz'rus” / Stand Up! / Appalsongs
John O'Connor / “We Ain't Gonna Give It Back” / We Ain't Gonna Give It Back / Self Produced
Emma's Revolution / “Stand Together” / Revolutions Per Minute / Moving Forward
Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer”(excerpt) / Songs of Hope and Struggle / Smithsonian Folkways