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How the Pandemic Changed Our Working Lives: Rebecca Dixon, Bill Fletcher Jr., and Jane McAlevey look back on 2020

DISSENT magazine gathered their favorite thinkers on labor and unions for a live recording of their 212th episode. With the help of Jane McAlevey, Bill Fletcher Jr., and Rebecca Dixon, they look back on 2020, a tumultuous year for workers. Read More

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden puts his mask back on after delivering remarks in Wilmington, Delaware on August 13, 2020. (Drew Angerer / Getty Images)

Biden Needs to Talk About Jobs on Labor Day. And Every Day.: If he does, he just might win in November.

Instead of allowing a deliberate undermining of 21st century essential public services, Biden could stitch together race, gender, jobs, unions, and good government in one powerful speech. For example, he could explain that at union-busting FedEx, workers earn half what their counterparts do at the post office for service that is no better and often worse for higher charges—and that the difference is who gets the income: workers or shareholders? Read More

Washington Fruit Packers Protest Working Conditions Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The Left in Lockdown: We talk to radical organizers Adolph Reed, Barbara Smith, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Jodi Dean, and Jane McAlevey about how they’re staying politically engaged under quarantine

Jane McAlevey is as horrified by the news as you are, whether it’s Governor Andrew Cuomo rushing to invite Google’s Eric Schmidt to “reimagine” the state’s economy and school system, or Mitch McConnell’s latest attempt to punish ordinary Americans for a global pandemic. “These motherfuckers are so much more prepared to take advantage of this than the Left,” she fumes. Read More

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Can America be great again?: Book review - ‘A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy’

“The bulk of the book is a kind of primer, with extensive examples about how unions work, how to run a successful organizing campaign, and how to win a strike by building unity within the workplace and support in the surrounding community.” Read More