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Class War in Santa Cruz

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On February 23, 2020
Graduate students at UC-Santa Cruz have been engaging in a wildcat strike for some time now and it is coming to collision with the anti-union administration led, of course, by former Obama Cabinet appointee Janet Napolitano. The basic issue is that graduate students simply can’t afford to live in Santa Cruz and the university doesn’t […]
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PATCO In 22 Minutes

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On December 19, 2019
I’ve spent some time lately consulting with NPR’s Planet Money for an episode on the 1981 PATCO strike, when Reagan fired the air traffic controllers and changed the history of American labor for the worse. That episode is now out and you should check it out. They did a really great job on it.

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 […]
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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

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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