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Biden Speaks Up

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On December 15, 2021
I am glad Biden spoke up against Kellogg’s threat to permanently replace the workers striking it because it won’t give in on the horrors of the two-tiered contract. President Joe Biden said Friday that he was “deeply troubled” by reports of Kellogg’s plan to permanently replace striking plant workers as the union haggles for a […]

The Injunction

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On December 5, 2021

In the Gilded Age, legally spurious injunctions were issued with impunity by courts based on the solid legal principle of fuck unions. That is returning in the New Gilded Age, as we see in Alabama: As

Labor Victories

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On November 18, 2021

It’s been a good month for organized labor. Just a few of the victories. Yesterday, John Deere workers approved a new contract with significant wage gains after a month long strike. Workers at D

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The John Deere strike, in which the workers rejected the contract negotiated by their own union leaders, should help us understand the point that workers presently have power in the labor market that they have not had in decades. How long it lasts, I don’t know. But it is a remarkable moment. Shortly before midnight […]

Kellogg Strike

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On October 6, 2021

Strike at the Kellogg cereal plants around the same food-based unionbusting going on around the nation: Work at all of the Kellogg Company’s U.S. cereal plants came to a halt Tuesday as roughly 1,40

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Striking gets the goods. Even when you don’t actually have to go on strike. No one will ever remember this moment, when the Smithfield plant in Sioux Falls barely avoided a strike after the company caved on wage and hour issues. This was a plant devastated by COVID in the early months of the pandemic. […]
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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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