On December 1, 1868, a young black former Union soldier named John Henry was among a group of convicts sent from Richmond to West Virginia to blast a railroad tunnel, where he would soon die. Everyone
On November 28, 1901, a strike among Cuban cigar workers in Tampa, Florida collapsed after workers inspired by the Cuban revolutionary Jose Martí sought to create a cross-racial organization to resis
This may be the most relaxed and meditative union in American history. ICYMI: Instructors at YogaWorks locations in NYC have voted successfully to form the first union of yoga instructors in the U.S.
On November 13, 1970, Jeon Tae-Il, a Korean sweatshop worker, burned himself to death in protest over the sweatshop conditions of he and his fellow workers. This is the foundational moment in South Ko
I was happy to contribute some quotes for this Claire Fallon piece at Huffington Post on the changing meaning of the term “scab.” When it comes to coping with the degradations of late capi
The Chicago Teachers Union victory is a big one in the recent strike wave. I didn’t write about it much because I didn’t have a lot to say that others weren’t saying better. And also
In our current public conversation about jobs, too often the media and the public point back to the era of the unionized factory job as the golden age. In one way, it was. The jobs paid well and had g
The latest teacher strike wave is continuing, mostly notably in Chicago. Teachers in Dedham, Massachusetts just went on strike for 3 days and won most of their demands. I was interviewed for this Bost