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This Vox piece on the impact of the NBA players strike is good. Basically, a lot of actions in the recent strike wave have been about community unionism–striking for the good of the entire community–rather than just your standard pay and hours strikes. The NBA strike certainly qualifies as that. But increasingly, they are also […]
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Wildcat Strikes!

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On August 26, 2020
I want to be clear here, since this is massively misreported. What NBA players and now even MLB (!!!!) players are doing today is engaging in a wildcat strike against racial injustice. This is fundamentally different than a boycott. A boycott is someone refusing to purchase a product in order to achieve a particular goal. […]
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2019: The Year in Strikes

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On February 20, 2020
2019 wasn’t quite as profound a year as 2018 for strikes, but it still represents a solid rise in worker activism over the three decades prior to that. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that there was an upsurge in major strike activity in 2018 and 2019, marking a 35-year high for […]
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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

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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