Category: Labor Activism

Michael Galant: The Time Has Come for a Global Minimum Wage

It’s the best way to stop the global race to the bottom that hurts workers everywhere, not just those in low-income countries

Chris Brooks: Why the UAW Lost Again in Chattanooga

The UAW’s long-term commitment to “labor-management partnership” is the parent of not only the festering corruption scandal, but also the union’s toothless and ineffective organizing. Both need to be washed away

Bayron Rodríguez Pineda: The Roots of the National Strike in Honduras

As Honduran teachers and doctors resist the neoliberal restructuring of health and education services, educator and organizer Bayron Rodríguez Pineda explains the roots of the mobilizations and the growing people power in the streets

Kim Kelly: How LGBTQ Union Activists Transformed the Labor Movement

In 28 U.S. states, queer and trans workers can still be fired due to their sexual orientation and gender identity, and a strong union contract is often the only legally binding workplace protection available to LGBTQIA workers to fight discrimination

Chris Brooks: Rampant Workplace Injuries

“I shouldn’t have to give Volkswagen my body in exchange for the house that I live in and the lifestyle I try to provide for my family.”

Bue Rübner Hansen: “Batshit jobs”

An in-depth look at workers’ participation in the climate and ecological breakdown, and how this might be transformed into ecological care, and leveraged for change

Liza Featherstone: How We Won a $15 Minimum Wage and More

It’s been five years since Seattle’s landmark $15 minimum wage law. It not only helped workers — it raised their expectations about what’s possible and what they deserve

Michael Arria: The “Bloodiest, Ugliest Battle” in Labor History

Mechanics at American Airlines are threatening to strike if a new contract isn’t negotiated, and the union president has declared that employees are prepared for the dispute to erupt into “the bloodiest, ugliest battle that the United States labor movement ever saw.”

Joe DeManuelle-Hall: Strike by Drivers Disrupts Uber Launch

Rideshare drivers around the world rallied and struck May 8, the day Uber went public

Chris Brooks: CEO Stokes Fears over Plant Closing from 1988

If just threatening to unionize was enough to make Volkswagen finally address issues it ignored for years, imagine the results workers could get by actually unionizing and forcing the company to the bargaining table

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