Strikes Archives - Page 6 of 6 - Jane McAlevey

picket signs for a possible Chrysler auto workers' strike

The Assault On Workers Seventy Years In The Making: An excerpt from A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy

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. Liberals yearn nostalgically for a time when corporate leaders seemed more responsible, for an era when CEOs seemed to understand that employees, the people who make the profits, were considered more important than, if not equal to, the shareholders. Read More

bernie sanders at union rally

The hottest stop for candidates on the 2020 campaign trail? The picket line.

Jane McAlevey, a former organizer and a policy fellow at the University of California at Berkeley, argued in an essay she wrote for the Nation that candidates were offering workers photo opportunities but not actual power. “The GM strike could have been an incredible opportunity for Democrats to drive home a core message: Trump promised workers not one plant would close on his watch, and now that promise is broken,” she wrote in the magazine. Read More

Striking Chicago public school teachers and their supporters march through the Loop

Chicago Teachers Are Carrying the Torch of Decades of Militant Worker Struggles: By building community support and staging disruption, the teachers can expand the boundaries of what’s politically possible and force the city to bend to its social justice demands

“I solemnly swear that I will never stop fighting for my students.” This hand-made picket sign, one of hundreds at an October 25 Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and SEIU 73 rally, sums up what makes the teachers’ strike so important. Read More