• the labor movement

    Trump Wants To Privatize Air Traffic Control. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

    by  • 6 Jun ’17 • the labor movement, the nation • 0 Comments

    Promising “cheaper, faster and safer travel,” the Trump administration announced a plan this week to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system. The announcement Monday marked the first day of the administration’s “infrastructure week,” a series of publicity events around one of the only areas of the president’s agenda that has intrigued some union...

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    Republicans Will Turn the NLRB into a Force for Union Busting. We Can Turn It Back.

    by  • 17 May ’17 • the labor movement • 0 Comments

    Here comes the anti-union crackdown. According to a recent Bloomberg report, Donald Trump has submitted the names of two anti-union lawyers to the FBI for vetting. This is a precursor to nominating them to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) by June to cement a Republican majority that will reverse many of the pro-worker...

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    What the Big May Day Strike in a Small Pennsylvania City Teaches Us About Organizing

    by  • 5 May ’17 • the labor movement, the nation • 0 Comments

    The first May Day of the Trump era saw scores of major actions in cities across the United States, but perhaps the most impressive demonstration of worker power took place in the small city of Reading, Pennsylvania. There, 127 stores—about three-quarters of the businesses in the city—shut down in protest, and an additional 500...

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    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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