Making a Place for Labor: Composition and Unions

  • Bill Hendricks


My aim in this article is to contribute toward making a larger place for labor in Composition theory and practice. I will be attempting—roughly, but not exclusively, in this order, 1) to demonstrate that, despite the new climate of interest in the material conditions of our jobs, Composition often continues to ignore both the work of change and the existence of academic unions; 2) to explain what I take to be the major causes of this neglect; and 3) to outline what I believe greater appreciation for and participation in organized labor could mean for composition teachers and their work.