Labor Notes

A Green New Deal for American Labor?

A Green New Deal for American Labor? February 15, 2019 / Saurav SarkarThe simple yellow protest signs were stenciled “Green Jobs for All.” Speaker after speaker stepped into the middle of the office floor, marked with a U.S. House of Representatives seal. Representative-Elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, fresh...

Janus for the Rails and Air

They did it to public workers. Next they want to do it to railroad and airline workers. A right-wing policy think tank filed a Janus-style lawsuit against the Machinists on January 8, claiming that non-members shouldn’t be required to pay fees for union representation. The plaintiffs are customer...

Labor Notes: Forty Years of Troublemaking

Labor Notes: Forty Years of Troublemaking January 29, 2019 / Jane SlaughterEveryone knows organized labor is on the decline. And yet bright spots keep flaring up. Verizon workers in 2016 walked out on the biggest strike in years, proving that corporate giants can still be beaten with...

From the Archives: Introducing Labor Notes

Labor Notes is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. We’ll periodically be sharing material from our archives, as well as organizing events across the country to commemorate 40 years of troublemaking—starting with our anniversary party in New York City on Friday, February 1. The below piece,...

L.A. Teachers Showed Us How It’s Done

I spent an exhilarating week in the midst of the Los Angeles teachers strike—the first strike in 30 years by the second-largest teacher union in the country. Of course wages and benefits were central to the teachers’ fight. But like many successful strikes, theirs was about something...

Meanwhile, Elsewhere in the Teacher Uprising…

Who will pay for a 5 percent raise, smaller classes, and more nurses, librarians, and counselors for the Chicago public schools? “Rich people,” Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Stacy Gates told the press. Their contract expires in June. Meanwhile, fresh off the first charter school strike in...

L.A. Teachers Win Big and Beat Back Privatizers

L.A. Teachers Win Big and Beat Back Privatizers January 24, 2019 / Barbara MadeloniIn a joyful, rain-drenched strike, 34,000 Los Angeles teachers won things no union has ever won. They forced Superintendent Austin Beutner, a former investment banker, to accept concessions even on topics he had previously...