“I just finished the biography of Eugene V. Debs, The Bending Cross, and it’s left me with a lot of reflections concerning the cause for industrial unionism, one of Debs’s major lifelong battles. I know your positions are not that different from Debs in this regard, since you’ve been openly critical of craft unionism in the health care sector before, pointing out the common and inefficient model of “nurses-only” unions.” Read More
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Striking General Motors Workers Deserve Our Support: Despite the many obstacles and tarnished national UAW leadership, everyone needs the workers in this strike to win.
At midnight, General Motors workers began their first strike since 2007. Given the rampant inequality eating away America’s middle class, and with it our democracy, 50,000 workers’ going on strike is always cause for jubilation. It’s even more important when the workers occupy a key sector of the economy. Read More
This is my first “Ask Labor Jane” column at Jacobin magazine. “I’m twenty-eight years old, and I recently quit my job to dedicate myself to organizing. I’ve been volunteering with a few different organizations to try to get a sense for who’s doing good work and where I might fit in…” Read More
On August 24, at midnight, 20,000 AT&T workers walked off the job. Big strikes are surprising enough in the post-Reagan era, but this one spanned nine of the 13 states that once made up the Confederacy. Read More