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Teachers Are Leading the Revolt Against Austerity: The strikes aren’t just about pay. They’re a rejection of tax cuts for the wealthy and a rallying cry for public goods and services.

Thousands protest in Phoenix on the first day of a statewide teachers’ strike, April 26, 2018. (AP Photo / Ross D. Franklin) In less than three months, rank-and-file teachers and educational support staff in five states—West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Arizona—have turned the entire country into their classroom. They haven’t just pushed for—and won—better pay and working conditions for themselves. Read More

The West Virginia Strike Points a Path Forward for the Labor Movement: In These Times

Schools and hospitals are today’s factories, filled with workers who have the skill and ingenuity of their fathers and grandfathers, as well as extraordinary organic relationships with the broader community. In an era when union membership has plummeted, rebuilding it will require mission-driven workers who are deeply rooted in and trusted by their communities. Read More

The WV Education Strike Shows that Winning Big Requires Creating a Crisis: Cover story in the Nation

The Nation Cover Story The teachers understood that to win, to not go down in the record books as another huge defeat, they had to stay on strike and escalate the crisis. They could not have achieved the victory without having the community firmly on their side. Educators, like health-care workers, have an incredibly powerful, organic relationship with their communities—relationships so strong they are durable against sophisticated right-wing attacks. Read More

From #MeToo to Real Women’s Liberation

In mid-December, In These Times editors asked me to write a piece about sexual harassment inside the labor movement. Like most women, I have experienced my share. But I am more interested in the larger question of how to move from naming and shaming to real solutions. For all of the limitations of today’s unions, they remain the best, if not only, solution to the crisis for the vast majority of working class women. Read More