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The GM Strike Rolls On

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On September 19, 2019
The UAW’s strike against General Motors continues with no end in sight. This has made me briefly relevant, so here are a few thoughts. First, something that has nothing to do with me. The great labor historian Nelson Lichtenstein tweeted this out: This is the moment the Bernie campaign should urge its own supporters and […]

UAW Strike

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On September 17, 2019

These have not been great days for the United Auto Workers. The recent closing of several GM plants, including the iconic Lordstown plant, is basically the end of industrial unionism in America. There

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Tech Unionbusting

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On September 12, 2019
Tech has to be a frontier in 21st century unionization. The libertarian bro culture of Silicon Valley means that it isn’t going to be easy, as these companies have no problem proudly announcing they will flout the law if they choose. But the bad working conditions have combined with the growth of professional-class unionism are […]

Organizing the South

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On September 10, 2019

One of the huge problems in the American labor movement has long been the extreme difficulty of large-scaling organizing in the South. Despite the herculean efforts of some great organizers, many of w

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On September 9, 1985, the largely Latina workforce in the large frozen food processing facilities in Watsonville, California walked out on strike after employers cut their wages. After a long, brutal nearly two year strike, the workers won, one of the few major labor victories of the 1980s and a sign that the future of […]
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Republicans are moving step by step closer to their long-term goal of declaring unions illegal. They are getting more brazen about it too. Fresh off the Alaska shitshow to destroy its higher education system, it now seeks to effectively eliminate public sector unionism. The aftershocks of the Supreme Court’s blow to organized labor continue to […]

Strikes Work

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On September 1, 2019

The Las Vegas teachers threatened a strike. You probably didn’t hear about because near-strikes don’t get much media coverage. And also because the city caved entirely in the face of the f

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