The labor movement has to be central to winning a Green New Deal and reversing climate change. Recent labor victories show how we can do just that, from the ground up, and quickly. Read the article here » Read More
In 2018, after the West Virginia educators showed how to get a serious strike done, I was asked to make a presentation in NYC at New York University, to talk about the power of strikes. In that discussion, I invoked John Steuben, and, his ground breaking manual, written almost 100 years ago, on how to run and win a strike. Read More
Because the very tactics long used against workers in workplace elections have now been exported to the broader electoral arena, it’s important to understand three lessons about how to win by those of us who continue to achieve victory even when faced with a ruthless, break-all-the-rules, determined opposition. Read the piece in the New York Times » Read More
Last Friday, August 31st, after seven full days of school-by-school votes in over 950 schools, educators voted overwhelmingly to authorize their first strike in nearly thirty (30) years. Read the full article on In These Times here » Read More
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.
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. They’ve also mounted a direct challenge to decades of bipartisan tax cuts for corporations, helping us all understand what austerity means. Read More