labor Archives - Jane McAlevey

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A Conversation about the Current UC strike and more: Union organizer and on-strike UC Academic Researcher Jane McAlevey and UC Labor Historian Nelson Lichtenstein

[NOTE that the actual conversation begins at minute 14:50] Nelson Lichtenstein and I had a conversation online the evening of November 29th. We discussed the history of the UAW first, as he is a top expert on the union and Walter Reuther, and then brought that history forward to inform the current strike by UAW – UC workers (I am one of the 48,000 on strike!). Read More

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The People’s Guide To Power: The Power Of Labor: How Labor Movements Are Involved In Our Political System

WNYC/Gothamist senior political reporter Brigid Bergin hosts a conversation about how organized labor fits into our political landscape. Organized Labor And The Working Families Party Labor unions represent workers in conversations with their employers. Can a political party represent workers in our government? Sochie Nnaemeka, director of the New York Working Families Party, talks about some of the policies and politics behind the party’s agenda. Read More

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The Next Steps For Union Organizing; How Lansing Chipotle Got A Union: The mass growth in organized labor action in the wake of the heightened tensions of 2020 is discussed.

Sam and Emma host Jane McAlevey, Senior Policy Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley’s Labor Center, to discuss her recent video for The Nation “You Voted To Form A Union. Now What?” Then they are joined by T.J. Kitchen, Organizing Director for the Teamsters Joint Council #43, to discuss the recent organizing efforts at a Chipotle franchise in Lansing, Michigan. Read More

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Rail Workers, Nurses, Teachers Are Fighting From the Bottom Up: When will their supposed national leaders—in unions, and in the Democratic Party—get serious?

As with the moment last year dubbed “Striketober,” promises of massive labor action by national unions didn’t live up to the hoopla, with the few real wins coming out of bold moves taken by rank-and-file workers. It’s high time to reframe the expectations American workers should have for our quality of life, the quality of our national union leadership, and the Democratic Party. Read More

You Voted To Form a Union. Now What? video

You Voted To Form a Union. Now What? (video): Jane McAlevey explains 3 core principles that can help workers win better contracts, faster.

You won your vote to start a union.. Now comes the hard part. Negotiations aren’t easy. A year after workers vote to unionize, more than half still don’t have a contract. After a year without a contract, management can push to legally dissolve a hard-won union. Reaching a good contract matters—so how do we get there? Read More