Category Archives: Issues

MIA: Workers, Working, and Workplaces

“Hacks is like most stories about creative work:  It avoids really showing any.”  B.D. McClay, New York Times Magazine B.D. McClay’s epigram works like any good hook:  it grabs your interest.  So here is another: “In order to entertain audiences, … Continue reading

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Biden and Social Wages

If Biden’s American Family Plan becomes law as he proposed it, my grand-niece Harri will finally have a “modest yet adequate” standard of living based on a new commitment from the federal government to provide social wages. Harri is a … Continue reading

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Infrastructure “Deal”? No Deal for Workers and the Climate

The long-awaited infrastructure bill is slowly coming into focus. Last Thursday, President Joe Biden stood alongside of Republicans and Democrats to announce that “We have a deal” — $579 billion in new federal spending for roads, broadband, electric utilities, and … Continue reading

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America’s Cross-Class Romance with Mare of Easttown

In the waning days of the great pandemic of 2020-2021, something surprising happened: the nation fell in love with Mare of Easttown, a depressing television series about a burned out town, an unsolved murder, and, as the Saturday Night Live … Continue reading

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Announcing the 2021 Working-Class Studies Association Awards

It is my honor and pleasure to share the winners of the Working-Class Studies Association’s annual awards.  The books, articles, essays, stories, and media nominated for our awards this year show a great diversity. Looking at this list of award-winning … Continue reading

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Re-Placing Class: Community, Politics, Work, and Labor in a Changing World

The global Covid-19 pandemic has brought working-class issues back to the front page, as researchers, journalists, activists, and workers debate workplace safety for frontline employees, the tattered social safety net, wages, child care, and a whole host of issues affecting … Continue reading

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A Working-Class Bill of Rights

The Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights have always been aspirational. When Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, it was hardly self-evident that “all men were created equal.”  It took almost a century before the 14th Amendment promised … Continue reading

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The Healing Web of Solidarity: Lessons from a Favela

“A spider without their web is like an Indian without land or a community without solidarity.” — Tremembé Indian saying, Brazil As most of us sat at home during the past year, seeking safety from the pandemic and isolated from … Continue reading

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Labour and the Working Class in the UK

After decades of consistently supporting the Labour Party, voters in Hartlepool recently elected their first Tory MP, in a byelection caused by the previous MP standing down as a result of a scandal. Hartlepool sits on the North-east coast of … Continue reading

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Amazon and the Southern Key

Though expected, the union defeat at Amazon’s Bessemer, Alabama fulfillment center was a gut punch to the labor movement not only in the United States, but globally.  Amazon workers in other countries had expressed solidarity with Bessemer through direct action, … Continue reading

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