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Response to Rosenblum, LaLuz and McAlevey

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:34:24 +0000

[New Labor Forum invited Jonathan Rosenblum, José La Luz and Jane McAlevey to respond to my article, “Two Reasons Why Most Unions Don’t Do Large-Scale Organizing”, and then gave me an opportunity to respond back. This is that published response.] The respondents have expanded the discussion far beyond the parameters of my initial article. I […]

The Two-Tier Provision in the Chicago Teachers Union’s Tentative Agreement, Explained

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:30:05 +0000

The tentative agreement that the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) struck with district management less than an hour before a midnight October 10 strike deadline has been hailed by many as a victory. Facing another round of concessionary demands, the union managed to extract $88 million from the mayor’s corporate slush fund to restore some badly […]

The Other Chicago Teachers’ Strike

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 14:18:26 +0000

As the countdown to the Chicago Teachers Union’s October 11 strike deadline approaches, another teachers’ union in Chicago has voted to authorize a strike as their own contract negotiations have dragged on over strikingly similar disagreements. The teachers and staff at the fifteen-campus UNO Charter School Network (UCSN) have spent seven months bargaining for a […]

Two Reasons Why Most Unions Don’t Do Large-Scale Organizing

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 17:11:14 +0000

In 2005, the labor movement split, ostensibly over a disagreement about the institutional priority of organizing for membership growth. A number of unions seceded from the AFL-CIO to form a rival federation, Change to Win, only to (mostly) quietly return to the fold. Other unions merged, only to attempt to divorce shortly thereafter. There have […]

“I’ll miss you when you’re gone away forever.”

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 04:22:48 +0000

I finally listened to Nick Cave’s new record, Skeleton Tree, on Spotify. It’s good. Really good. I hesitated because all the reviews I read had these lump-in-the-throat moments when the writers recounted the horrific death of his teenage son last summer and how the family is coping. That sort of thing didn’t really affect me […]

The Fight to Save UMass Labor Center Is a Fight for Worker Power

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:26:05 +0000

The Labor Center at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) at Amherst is in turmoil. Its director, Eve Weinbaum, says she was abruptly pushed out of the position. In an alarming e-mail to alumni, students and allies, she protested funding cuts to teaching assistants and part-time instructors and, more troublingly, threats to the “Labor Studies faculty’s […]

Review of Sarah Jaffe’s “Necessary Trouble”

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:22:56 +0000

Something is happening. Socialism is no longer a dirty word (the “S-word”), but something a sizeable portion of Americans tell pollsters is their preferred vision for society. It’s no longer an anachronism to speak of “the Left.” A brave and quickly organized movement for black lives has not only sparked a new civil rights movement […]

When the Hell Did the NLRB Become More Activist Than Labor?

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 01:51:28 +0000

When the hell did the federal government get bolder than most labor unions about asserting the legal rights of workers? On Monday, in a 3-1 ruling, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) reversed a Bush the Younger-era precedent that gave employers a say over whether temporary and subcontracted workers can be included in the same […]

Making Abortion Rights Real

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 02:00:52 +0000

The week began on a surprisingly strong note for reproductive justice advocates, as the US Supreme Court, by a 5–3 margin, overturned Texas’s draconian House Bill 2. The law, which Wendy Davis famously filibustered in her pink tennis shoes, purported to protect women’s health by requiring that health clinics providing abortion services “meet the standards […]

The Right to Strike Must Mean the Right to Return to Work After a Strike

Thu, 16 Jun 2016 17:15:04 +0000

With the decisive victory for union members at Verizon, 2016 is already on pace to be the second year in a row where recorded strike activity has increased over the previous half-decade. Now, a new decision from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) could restore legal job protections for striking workers, making workplace job actions […]

What Will It Take To Wake Up the ‘Sleeping Giant’ of the New Working Class?

Wed, 08 Jun 2016 20:43:21 +0000

The American working class has been dissed and dismissed. Our unions busted, our wages slashed, our homes foreclosed and our rents raised. We’re blamed for the rise of Trump, but otherwise do not exist in the media landscape. But the working class is a sleeping giant that is beginning to stir and will soon instigate […]

One Day Longer

Sun, 15 May 2016 19:59:00 +0000

As the massive strike at Verizon enters its second month with no end in sight, the stakes — for the workers, the company, and the broader labor movement — are rising. Even mainstream media outlets like the New York Times have taken note, casting it as something of an epochal battle over whether the economy […]

The Legal Argument That Could Overturn ‘Right-to-Work’ Laws Around the Country

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 03:13:36 +0000

Union supporters had reason to cheer earlier this month when Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s hated “right to work” law was overturned by a Dane County Circuit Judge. Unfortunately, the decision is all but certain to be overturned by Wisconsin’s conservative Supreme Court. But contained in the case is a line of questioning over the constitutionality […]

The Pre-Posthumous Recordings of The Artist

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 17:52:14 +0000

I’ll be the millionth writer to note that 2016 has been absolute murder on legendary musicians so far. And now Prince is gone. I don’t have a full obit, a critical reappraisal or anything terribly profound to add; just a few musings on record shopping that are too long for a Facebook status update. Many […]

Bernie Sanders Wasn’t Our First Socialist Mayor: Remembering Milwaukee’s Socialist Party History

Wed, 06 Apr 2016 21:17:46 +0000

As the country’s politics take a right turn, an unlikely progressive wins office as mayor of a major U.S. city. In an era marked by conformity and the primacy of business interests over the common good, he has the temerity to call himself a socialist. Both locally and nationally, his example serves as a beacon […]