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On October 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 Korean labor history and also representative of the horrible oppression that any workers around the globe face in the sweatshops that still […]

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 age

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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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 because this semester is hell and I don’t have a lot of time. But I did want to at least […]

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 Ste

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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 Boston Globe story about it, placing it in the context of all the strikes nationwide. With deteriorating conditions in some public schools […]

Kill Taft-Hartley

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On October 27, 2019

The ambitious plans that Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have no real chance of passing the Senate and even if they do, the Supreme Court will kill them. They are more long-term and aspirational t

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CWA’s Strike Culture

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On October 26, 2019
I was interviewed for a really great story at The American Prospect about a topic I hadn’t actually thought about too much before this: the Communication Workers of America’s culture of striking, even during the dark ages of the strike between the late 80s and about 2016, during which most unions were afraid to strike. […]
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