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Labor Music in the Whit

Unions. They brought you the 40-hour, five-day workweek; they fight for health care and they’re a font of music you can sing along to. “Solidarity forever/ solidarity forever/ the union makes us strong.”

George Mann will be bringing his labor and folk music to Eugene at 8 pm Friday, April 20, at the Whiteaker’s Reality Kitchen. The show is sponsored by Eugene-Springfield Solidarity Network/Jobs with Justice, AFSCME Local 3214 and the Lane branch of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics about 270,000 Oregon workers belong to a union. Union membership is on the rise in this state — it was 17.1 percent in 2011; up 1 percent from the previous year. The BLS says Oregon is tied for seventh place with California for union membership rates.

If you want to know more about the labor movement, Mann says his show is part sing-along and part history lesson. Mann’s perhaps best known for his anti-George Bush CD compilation series “Hail to the Thief” that features the likes of Billy Bragg and Utah Phillips. 

George Mann performs at the Reality Kitchen, 245 Van Buren; $5-$10 or donation. For more info call 357-5325.