On October 15, 1970, President Richard Nixon singed the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. This act, like many anti-labor laws, had a veneer of a solution to a real problem, as there
On October 12, 1898, a racialized battle over strikebreaking broke out in the southern Illinois coal mining town of Virden, Illinois. The so-called Battle of Virden demonstrates the ways that employer
I am somewhat skeptical about the excitement around Elizabeth Warren’s plans for everything, not because I think they are bad or a bad idea, but because the structure of the American government
The union movement is a tremendously diverse and complex thing. Anyone who says “unions” should do this and that doesn’t know what they are talking about, because these different wor
Not that anyone cares anymore, but the United Auto Workers strike is entering its third week tomorrow. I was on NPR’s Weekend Edition today to talk about the UAW and health care, a major issue i
On September 27, 1875, striking textile workers in Fall River, Massachusetts engaged in a bread riot as the workers were forced to return to their job or face shipment to the state’s poor farm.
On September 23, 2002, California governor Gray Davis signed the California Family Rights Act, the first paid family leave law in American history. This relatively small but still significant increase
I’ve wondered for some time whether Harvard and Brown’s relative acceptance of graduate student unionization campaigns wasn’t predicated on their confidence that the Trump NLRB would