The Freedom Struggle Is A Labor Struggle, Then And Now

By Robin D. G. Kelley, Black Agenda Report. -

As we think, again, about the role of organized labor in the long Black freedom struggle, it is worth noting that in India at this very moment 250 million farmers, workers, students and allies [...]

Building Class Power By Fighting For The Common Good

By Stephanie Luce, Organizing Upgrade. -

As activists orient to the post-election landscape, we’re having lots of conversations about building power for the long term. We’re taking stock of the types of power we need and how they can [...]

Transit Unions Join Forces To Win Safety Protections And Beat Back Layoffs

By Richard Marcantonio, Labor Notes. -

Transit workers have been hit hard by the pandemic. Last year at least 100 from the Amalgamated Transit Union and 131 from the Transport Workers lost their lives to Covid-19. Before Covid, [...]

University Of Michigan Strike Showed The Power Of Student Organizing

By Kalena Thomhave and Matt Sehrsweeney, Waging Nonviolence.  -

As the winter university semester is set to begin, the coronavirus is surging. The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, like many universities reliant on tuition dollars, tried to reopen in [...]

A Critique Of The Rank-And-File Strategy

By Jason Koslowski, Left Voice. -

Kim Moody first gave a systematic statement of the “rank-file strategy” in a working paper for the socialist organization Solidarity in 2000. Since then he has kept on refining it, such as in [...]

The ABC’s Of Google’s New Union

By Clarissa Redwine, Collective Action in Tech. -

Google workers have organized for pay equity, opposed unethical uses of machine learning, protested sexual assault, and more. Our small team at Collective Action in Tech has been archiving these [...]

Sara Nelson, The Labor Movement Leader We Needed Most

By Esther Wang, Portside. -

In January of 2019, weeks into Donald Trump’s government shutdown, Sara Nelson accepted the labor federations’ MLK Drum Major for Justice Award with a soaring, and startling, speech. The annual [...]

2020 Saw Resurgence Of Strikes Around the World

By Candace Bernd, Truthout. -

Like every other social movement in the U.S. this year, the compounding crises of 2020 proved a catalyzing force for the labor movement, compelling essential and frontline workers to join picket [...]

Workers Should Run The World

By Maximillian Alvarez, In These Times. -

We chat with Erek Slater, a bus oper­a­tor for the Chica­go Tran­sit Author­i­ty, where he’s been work­ing for the past 15 years. Erek is a fam­i­ly man, a father, and a three-term elect­ed shop [...]

As Racism Plagues Health Care, Unions Offer A Treatment

By Alex J. Rouhandeh, The American Prospect. -

Like many nursing homes across the country, the Genesis HealthCare center in Greenville, Rhode Island, primarily houses white residents and employs people of color. Adelina Ramos, who’s Cape [...]

Local Veterans, Workers Call Out Union Busting At VA

Local veterans and union members who staff the Minneapolis VA Hospital have been publicly calling out the Trump administration in recent months for understaffing in VA facilities and a string of [...]

Organizing Rural Manufacturing Workers Matters

By Cindy Estrada and Chris Schwartz, The Forge. -

It’s no secret that the number of manufacturing jobs in the United States has steadily declined over the past few decades, replaced largely by low-wage work in the service sector. But in many [...]

Alberta Is Closer Than Ever To A General Strike

By Jeremy Appel, Read Passage. -

Canada - The powder keg of Alberta labour relations has finally exploded, in a good way. Yesterday, wildcat strikes popped up across the province from hospital support staff who learned last week [...]

How Unions Can Lay The Ground For The Next Upsurge

By Mark Meinster, Labor Notes. -

As shown by authors like Dan Clawson in his 2003 book The Next Upsurge, unions tend to grow in spurts, as part of working-class uprisings that pose a deep challenge to the powers that be. The [...]

Labor Unions File UN Complaint Over ‘Outrageous’ Violations Of Workers’ Rights

By Kenny Stancil, Commondreams. -

United States labor leaders representing workers in several trade unions on Wednesday filed a complaint with the United Nations' labor agency, making the case that under the Trump administration, [...]