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Oakland General Strike

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On December 30, 2020
As those of you who have read A History of America in Ten Strikes know, I chose the Oakland General Strike of 1946 as the focus of Chapter 7, which covered the postwar period. Probably the least known of the strikes I chose as the chapter centerpieces, it’s a great moment to explore both the […]
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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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