The September 2018 Issue of Substance

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A lifetime of service

Union activist, journalist and retired Chicago public school teacher George N. Schmidt was the editor of Substance, which he helped found in 1975. The paper was in print until 2012, and has been an online . . .


A final 'Labor Day' reminder... from 'The Ballad of Pretty Boy Floyd'-- 'some will rob you with a six-gun, and some with a fountain pen...'

[The following article was published on Labor Day, 2014.]

I wasn't able to make the Labor Day activities in Chicago's historic Pullman district on Labor Day 2014. But throughout the day while doing other . . .


George Schmidt died peacefully

Substance editor George Schmidt died at home on Sept. 17 after a brief battle with lung cancer, complicated by a series of strokes. He was 71.

A brief sketch of his career, along with . . .


Songs about working class and unions

[The following article was originally published on Labor Day, 2011.]

Thanks to The Nation magazine and the magic of YouTube, there is now a chance to get a complete medley of some of . . .


We were forced to suspend subscriptions to our print edition a year ago, and after wishing we could get back into print have finally admitted that we can only continue as an online publication. Therefore, readers can no longer subscribe to Substance on paper, but those who wish to donate will be thanked.

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