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How Unions Can Still Win Big

There are only two sides, the owners and the rest of us. (This is an excerpt from "A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy") Read More

The Assault On Workers Seventy Years In The Making

Workers who fought to build strong unions turned horrible jobs in the auto factories into the kind of employment that became the backbone of the American Dream. (This is an excerpt from "A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy") Read More

Publisher's Weekly Review of A Collective Bargain

A Collective Bargain receives a coveted “starred” review from PW, plus an author interview to add emphasis. It’s a sign of the times that major national reviewers are signaling to the world the importance of unions today. "Labor activist McAlevey delivers a persuasive argument that the power of “strong, democratic” trade unions can fix many of America’s social problems in this timely cri de coeur." Read More

Workers Are Not Your Props

The Democratic presidential field lined up to get their pictures taken with striking GM workers. But what workers really need from the Democratic Party is power, not photo ops. Read More

It's Time to Retire the Term "Middle Class"

The excellent podcast, Citations Needed, hosted Jane for part of their new show on the word “middleclass.” They had an excellent discussion about how the word obscures people's understanding of class in America and is also used as a wedge issue to divide and conquer workers by skill when employers set out to break unions. Read More

Chicago’s Teachers Are Making History. Again.

The strikes that spread from Chicago across the nation are happening because energetic, smart rank-and-file workers are finally taking back their own organizations—their unions—after too many years of risk-averse leaders whose unwillingness to use the strike weapon contributed to the downfall of the working class. Read More