Category: Labor Activism

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Jeremy Brecher: Dakota Access Pipeline and the Future of American Labor

As United States Energy Transfers Partners began building the Dakota Access Pipeline through territory sacred to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, the tribe began an escalating campaign against the pipeline. By this summer nearly 200 tribes around the country had passed resolutions opposing the pipeline and many hundreds of their members joined nonviolent direct action Read more…

Rebecca McCray: Prison Guards in Alabama Join Inmates on Strike

While prisoners refuse to perform their jobs, some guards are not showing up to work

Lee Sustar: Ready to strike for Chicago’s schools

A report on the looming showdown pitting the Chicago Teachers Union against City Hall–and how the teachers’ fight is tied to a wider struggle for justice

Chris Brooks: Business-Backed ‘Anti-Union Union’ Falters at Volkswagen

Tennessee’s infamous anti-union union is fading away for lack of members. Will Volkswagen’s rationale for keeping out a real union crumble with it?

Sonia Singh: Farmworkers Taste the Fruits of Victory

After three years of tireless organizing, 500 farmworkers at Sakuma Brothers Farms in Washington state have finally won union recognition

Herman Rosenfeld: Unifor’s Focus on Investment Lets Down Canadian GM Workers

On September 5, GM of Canada was chosen as the strike target. This means any settlement made at GM will be applied as the basis for bargaining with the other two companies

Corey Robin: Yale’s Bad History

What happens when a history professor at Yale opposes a grad union but doesn’t know her history?

Major Singh: 180 million Workers Strike Back in India

On Friday the 2nd of September 2016 the biggest single strike action in world history took place in India. As many as between 150 and 180 million workers took part in the All India Strike around a 12 point charter of demands put forward by the Central Trade Unions. These included a raise to the Read more…

Michael McCown: How Community-College Faculty Organized a Strike and Scored a Contract

For the first time in its 40-year history, the union of full- and part-time faculty at City College of San Francisco recently went on strike—and it worked. Teachers (AFT) Local 2121 pulled off a one-day strike April 27, despite the administration’s claim that the strike was illegal. By July, to head off another strike, the Read more…

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Sam Gindin: Bargaining Over Corporate Investment: Innovation or Trap?

It’s the radical that is now the only thing truly practical. If we don’t raise our expectations, they will be lowered for us

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