• the labor movement

    Unions Are at Their Lowest Levels in Decades—To Gain Power We Must Stop Following the Rules

    by  • 1 Feb ’17 • the labor movement • 0 Comments

    If Donald Trump’s first week as president wasn’t depressing enough, Thursday brought a report that showed union membership fell in 2016. Union members are now just 10.7% of the overall workforce and only 6.7% of the private sector. Those are the lowest levels since the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) began tracking them in...

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    From Company Town to Rebel City: Richmond, California Shows How Progressives Can Win

    by  • 11 Jan ’17 • the labor movement, the nation • 1 Comment

    Rebel cities have long been laboratories for progressive policy experimentation. Specifically, the small Bay Area city of Richmond, California has stood out for its boldness. It’s now the subject of a new book by Steve Early, Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City, set to be released next...

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    The Two-Tier Provision in the Chicago Teachers Union’s Tentative Agreement, Explained

    by  • 18 Oct ’16 • school, the labor movement • 0 Comments

    The tentative agreement that the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) struck with district management less than an hour before a midnight October 10 strike deadline has been hailed by many as a victory. Facing another round of concessionary demands, the union managed to extract $88 million from the mayor’s corporate slush fund to restore some...

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    The Other Chicago Teachers’ Strike

    by  • 7 Oct ’16 • school, the labor movement • 0 Comments

    As the countdown to the Chicago Teachers Union’s October 11 strike deadline approaches, another teachers’ union in Chicago has voted to authorize a strike as their own contract negotiations have dragged on over strikingly similar disagreements. The teachers and staff at the fifteen-campus UNO Charter School Network (UCSN) have spent seven months bargaining for...

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    The Fight to Save UMass Labor Center Is a Fight for Worker Power

    by  • 13 Sep ’16 • school, the labor movement • 0 Comments

    The Labor Center at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) at Amherst is in turmoil. Its director, Eve Weinbaum, says she was abruptly pushed out of the position. In an alarming e-mail to alumni, students and allies, she protested funding cuts to teaching assistants and part-time instructors and, more troublingly, threats to the “Labor Studies...

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    Making Abortion Rights Real

    by  • 27 Jun ’16 • abortion, the labor movement, the nation • 0 Comments

    The week began on a surprisingly strong note for reproductive justice advocates, as the US Supreme Court, by a 5–3 margin, overturned Texas’s draconian House Bill 2. The law, which Wendy Davis famously filibustered in her pink tennis shoes, purported to protect women’s health by requiring that health clinics providing abortion services “meet the...

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    What Will It Take To Wake Up the ‘Sleeping Giant’ of the New Working Class?

    by  • 8 Jun ’16 • the labor movement, the media, the nation • 0 Comments

    The American working class has been dissed and dismissed. Our unions busted, our wages slashed, our homes foreclosed and our rents raised. We’re blamed for the rise of Trump, but otherwise do not exist in the media landscape. But the working class is a sleeping giant that is beginning to stir and will soon...

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