the nation Archives - Jane McAlevey

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Chicago’s Teachers Are Making History. Again.: Rank-and-file workers are finally taking back their unions, and strikes are spreading across the country as a result.

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

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We Need Syriza in Illinois

The new governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, is a hedge fund manager whose salary last year was $60 million. He spent $65.9 million—including $27.6 million of his own money—buying his last election, and he’s about to introduce an austerity program that will make most folks in Illinois think they are living in austerity-wracked Greece, with less idyllic weather. Read More

The Nation: Beating Harris v Quinn and Right-to-Work Attacks from the Inside Out

Unions are in trouble. Short of a giant meteor crashing on top of the nation’s union headquarters emblazoned with the words, “warning, you will soon be crushed by right-to-work laws,” few things could be clearer from the Supreme Court’s Harris v. Quinn ruling. Harris v. Quinn unites some of the most toxic trends in American labor tradition. Read More

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Reviving the Labor Movement By Letting Women Lead, Honored to be in this Line Up

How the Rise of Women in Labor Could Save the Movement A new wave of female labor leaders are winning by thinking big. Bryce Covert January 10, 2014 Women have only recently made headway into real positions of power in organized labor, after making slow progress over the movement’s history. These women are bringing new ideas and strategies to labor organizing, many of which are borrowed from the women’s movement—like making the connection between what workers face on the job and what they’re dealing with at home. Read More

The Nation: Make the Road New York: Success Through ‘Love and Agitation’

Make the Road New York was formed in 2007, when the Brooklyn-based Make the Road by Walking and the Queens-based Latin American Integration Center merged, forming the largest nonunion immigrant membership organization in New York City. Today, with 12,600 dues-paying members, MRNY is a unique amalgam of worker center, legal clinic, citizenship school, mutual aid society, policy shop, protest factory and church. Read More