EHRP-supported work by Dan Kaufman wins Sidney Award for dynamic coverage from the UAW picket line

EHRP is happy to share that Dan Kaufman won the November 2023 Sidney Award for his EHRP-supported piece, “Will the U.A.W. Strike Turn the Rust Belt Green?”, published in The New Yorker. This in-depth feature opens at a meeting of UAW Local 12 in Toledo OH, as members gear up for strike.

“Kaufman vividly conveys the stakes of this historic strike from the perspective of the rank-and-file,” said Sidney Award judge Lindsay Beyerstein, “He dramatizes the sacrifices of the workers and their hopes for the future.”

The strike yielded many important gains for workers including higher pay and inclusion of more electric vehicle workers under union contracts. The strike also ended the unfair two-tier wage system.

Dan Kaufman is the author of The Fall of Wisconsin (W.W. Norton), which was published in 2018. The Sidney Hillman Foundation honors excellence in journalism in service of the common good. Judges are Jamelle Bouie, Maria Carrillo, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Alix Freedman, Harold Meyerson, Katrina vanden Heuvel, and Lindsay Beyerstein. The Sidney Award is awarded each month by the Sidney Hillman Foundation, which also awards the annual Hillman Prizes every spring.

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