Category: Labor Activism

Felimon Pineda: Direct Action in the Berry Fields

They steal our wages—and then turn around and donate money to the churches, the hospitals, the school district. They are donating money so that the community has their back, but it’s money they have stolen from us

Diane Krauthamer: Hands Up, Fast Food!

“We are standing up for our wages because we deserve better”

Gregg Shotwell: A Fighter All My Life

A Fighter All My Life is the memoir of Sam Johnson, a black man from the South who became a Detroit auto worker and dissident union activist

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Shamus Cooke: The Fight for $15 Shakes Awake the U.S. Labor Movement

Fighting for and winning $15 strengthens the status of unions in the community and consequently helps shield against anti-union attacks

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Tom Wetzel: What is Class Oppression?

The capitalist elite were forced to make concessions in the ‘30s-‘40s because of a threat to the very existence of their system

Moshe Z. Marvit: A Boss’s Campaign to Destroy a Union

A judge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that the UPMC has engaged in a series of discriminatory practices against workers who have been trying to organize a union since 2012

Dan Clawson: No More Backroom Deals

A draconian proposal threatened Massachusetts teachers. Here’s how they defeated it

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Staughton Lynd: The Wobblies in their Heyday

Review of The Wobblies in their Heyday:  The Rise and Destruction of the Industrial Workers of the World during the World War I Era, by Eric Chester

Diane Krauthamer: Walmart Workers Ramp Up Protests for Black Friday

Walmart retail workers in Southern California held the first sit-down strike in the company’s history

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Sarah Lazare: ‘History In The Making’

Workers Hold First Sit-Down Work Action Targeting Walmart

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