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Tag Archives: labor movement
Meeting Labor’s Moment
In my thirty years in the labor movement, I’ve never seen a moment quite like this one. We’re living through a pivotal moment for America’s working class and for the future of U.S. labor, but it’s more than that. This … Continue reading
Posted in Contributors, Issues, Labor and Community Activism, Lane Windham Tagged labor movement 2 Comments
Democracy Is on the Ballot
“Democracy is on the ballot” must be the most ubiquitous phrase in political speechmaking and commentary during this election season. One can scarcely go a day without hearing it or reading it multiple times. It is a phrase repeatedly invoked … Continue reading
A Movement Moment and a Real NLRB
Finally, it’s a new morning for workers in America. For at least a brief time, while the Biden administration is alive, even if unwell, and the Supreme Court has not yet brought the darkness and ended our parade, opportunity is … Continue reading
Posted in Contributors, Issues, Labor and Community Activism, Understanding Class, Wade Rathke Tagged labor movement, labor organizing, NLRB 2 Comments
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
Posted in Contributors, Issues, Labor and Community Activism, Wade Rathke Tagged Amazon, labor movement, NLRB, Southern unions 3 Comments
Water from a Rock: Joe Biden and Working-Class Catholicism
Much hangs in the balance in these difficult days. The survival of our fragile, still relatively young multiracial democracy is menaced by a tsunami of disinformation and increasingly aggressive white supremacists who are abetted by allies in media and politics. … Continue reading
Bargaining for the Common Good Comes of Age
The week-long strike by the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) in January 2019 marked the most significant struggle yet in a movement by teachers and other public-sector workers called Bargaining for the Common Good. By striking over a long … Continue reading
Class and the Dignity of Work
In the week before Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown announced his “Dignity of Work” tour, with events in New Hampshire, Iowa, Nevada, South Carolina, and his home state, Ohio. The tour placed the working class at … Continue reading
The Global Working Class Fights Back
2018 has seen many working-class people around the world standing up for their rights and pushing back against injustice and inequality. Some of these fights have made the mainstream news in western countries, but many have not. As we reflect … Continue reading
Labor’s Day, More or Less?
With this post, Working-Class Perspectives celebrates its 10th anniversary. Since 2008, we have published 447 commentaries, and we’ve had more than 950,000 page views from readers around the world. Our pieces have been reposted on dozens of other sites, from … Continue reading
Posted in Issues, Labor and Community Activism, Wade Rathke Tagged Labor Day, labor movement, living wage, Unions, working-class activism 2 Comments
This is Your Daughter’s Labor Movement
If there is going to be a revival of the U.S. labor movement, it’s likely that women are going to lead it. Women activists, especially young women of color, are doing much more than resuscitating traditional unions; they’re pushing boundaries … Continue reading