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Union Density Continues to Fall

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On January 23, 2023
It would be nice to think that the recent organizing campaigns at places such as Amazon and Starbucks were changing the overall picture of the labor movement. But it takes so, so much to turn overall union density in employment around and those shops, even if they were to get contracts, are not even close […]

Nurses Strikes

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On January 19, 2023

There’s been a lot of nurses strikes lately and for good reason–they are treated horribly, a sign of our terrible medical system for profit. Like a lot unions these days, the New Your nurs

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Organizing Begets Organizing

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On January 16, 2023
I know nothing more about the campaign to organize Peet’s Coffee workers in Davis, California than I read in this Jacobin article, so I can’t comment on the merits of how it is reported or how serious this campaign really is. But I can say this–whether or not it succeeds, it is an object lesson […]

VFX Unionism

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On January 15, 2023

Hollywood is mostly a union town but when new sides of the industry develop, they have to be organized too and they often aren’t. You saw that with the video effects workers. Now that is changin

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I’ve gotten to know a couple of the staffers who have founded the Congressional Workers Union and they are great people doing great work. Unionizing congressional staffers, and for that matter the entire political apparatus including campaign workers, absolutely needs to happen. Even left-wing politicians can be pretty nasty to their staff, if just because […]

It’s Just a Job

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On January 9, 2023

Roxane Gay reminds us that our work is just work. It’s just a job. That’s all it is. You can get a different one. It is not your identity, or it should not be. But more many of us, it is.

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Yesterday, Rob pointed out how faculty really struggle to understand that administrators are not our friends. Boy howdy is this true. Even good faculty unionists will blab to their “friends” in the administration all the damn time. It’s extremely frustrating. Well, you see this reflected in society. Elon Musk has torpedoed his reputation in an […]
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