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On December 6, 1907 the Monongah Mining Disaster in West Virginia killed at least 362 workers but probably over 500. This remains the most deadly mining disaster in American history. Coal mining was a tremendously dangerous industry. It also required a lot of workers in a nation dependent on burning coal, both for industry and […]
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Charlotte Garden on how the Trump NLRB is reinterpreting the First Amendment in whatever way they want to ensure that unions always lose: I often criticize the Trump NLRB for taking too narrow a view of workers’ rights, creating an inevitable clash with First Amendment principles. But recently, I’ve had the opposite complaint: the Board […]
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Mark Janus Returns

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On November 7, 2019
Human parasite Mark Janus is trying to bust unions in fresh ways. Luckily, the Seventh Circuit has rejected this bogus suit. On Tuesday, the Seventh Circuit held that government employees who paid agency fees to public sector unions cannot recover fees collected prior to the Supreme Court’s 2018 decision in Janus v. AFSCME.  The plaintiff […]

The Scab

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On November 7, 2019

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

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Dems on the Line

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On November 1, 2019
It’s been remarkable that so many Democratic political candidates are now showing up on picket lines. Even in the golden age of American unionism, it’s not as if Harry Truman and Adlai Stevenson and John F. Kennedy were walking the picket line. To some extent, this new change reflects a shift in the Democratic Party–all […]

Strikes Work!

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On October 29, 2019

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

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