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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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CWA’s Strike Culture

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On October 26, 2019
I was interviewed for a really great story at The American Prospect about a topic I hadn’t actually thought about too much before this: the Communication Workers of America’s culture of striking, even during the dark ages of the strike between the late 80s and about 2016, during which most unions were afraid to strike. […]
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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 just isn’t much left as these last unions wind down. Moreover, UAW leadership is corrupt and have been using union dues to […]

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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