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UPS Teamsters preparing to strike

The Teamsters’ Proposed Agreement With UPS Is a Great Victory by and for the Workers: How can we move from clawing back losses into actually changing the terms of the game in workers’ favor?

In an era of growing acceptance of racist demagogues—if not outright creeping fascism—strategy for working-class institutions has to give equal weight to strategic political education as it does to winning material gains. The two go together. The material wins in this UPS contract will be life-changing for many workers—a tremendous achievement, and nothing to diminish. Read More

After loading up his hand truck, UPS driver Robert Garcia takes a drink of water, before heading out to deliver the packages Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006, in New York.

What Will Happen if UPS Workers Strike?: Jane McAlevey discusses what the union is looking for.

  The Teamsters union, which represents UPS workers, may go on strike if a deal is not reached by the end of this month. Jane McAlevey, organizer, senior policy fellow at the University of California at Berkeley’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, strikes correspondent at The Nation and co-author of Rules to Win By: Power and Participation in Union Negotiations (Oxford University Press, 2023), talks about what the union is looking for, and Jason Miller, associate professor of supply chain management and interim chair of the supply chain management department at Michigan State, explains what would happen to the package delivery business and the broader economy if the more than 300,000 workers go on strike. Read More

Obrien speaks with Sanders in Massachusetts

Contract Talks by Teamsters and the UAW Have the Potential to Change Our Politics: Upcoming union negotiations can swing the 2024 election—and help rebuild democracy.

Unions once played a central role in the political education of the working class. The Teamsters, who announced a 97 percent yes-to-strike vote by members on June 16, and the UAW have a chance to build on the brilliance of the teachers’ unions in Chicago and Los Angeles and educate everyday Americans on how to fight back and win what we need at work—and in our democracy. Read More

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How Should Workers Respond to the Supreme Court’s Ruling in Glacier Northwest?: The court's ruling could have been much worse—and soon will be. Workers and unions need to be prepared.

Today’s US Supreme Court ruling in the Glacier Northwest v. International Brotherhood of Teamsters case was a blow to workers—but not quite the knockout punch hoped for by the Chamber of Commerce. Despite the court’s 8-1 decision favoring the employer, the justices made a relatively narrow ruling, rather than a broad one weakening the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) even further. Read More

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Power and Participation in Negotiations and Politics with Jane McAlevey: How to democratize union negotiations and build significant worker power by practicing transparent, big, and open negotiations

Jane McAlevey talks with Gordon Lafer and Adolph Reed Jr. about the impact of negotiations as political education, for building strong unions and for rebuilding democracy. Listen here >>   Read More