Labor Notes

A Hotly Contested Race for NewsGuild President

A Hotly Contested Race for NewsGuild President April 18, 2019 / Alexandra BradburyA flagging union has found new hope in a flurry of organizing victories. Now in the union’s presidential election, members are mulling what’s the best way to keep growing—stick with the incumbent, or replace...

Who Controls Our Time?

Who Controls Our Time? April 09, 2019 / Dan Clawson and Naomi GerstelAs the bumper sticker has it, unions are “the folks who brought you the weekend.” Unions fought for the 10-hour day, and then the eight-hour day… and then our fight stopped. We never got...

Troublemakers Go to School in Detroit

On Saturday, March 30, 100 union members, labor activists, and allies met in Detroit for a Troublemakers School: a day of skill-sharing and strategizing about workplace organizing. Though it was gray and drizzling outside, the energy at the Troublemakers School was strong all day, closing out...

Making Peace with Fellow Union Members

Making Peace with Fellow Union Members April 02, 2019 / Steve LawtonWhat’s the role of a shop steward? Traditionally we think of someone who’s knowledgeable about the contract, the law, and how things function in our workplace and union. But one role often gets neglected: the peacemaker. I...

‘It’s Different Here’ Is No Excuse

I talk with labor activists all across the country. Plenty are inspired by strikes that happen elsewhere. But over and over I hear the same excuse for why they can’t make big demands or go on strike themselves: “It’s different here.” How is it different? Pick your...