James Dennis Hoff
James Dennis Hoff is a writer, educator, labor activist, and member of the Left Voice editorial board. He teaches at The City University of New York.
The Big Three Are Using Layoffs to Punish the UAW and Undermine the Strike
The Big Three are retaliating against the UAW by laying off thousands of its members at plants across the country. Defeating these attacks will require the self organization and mobilization of all the workers.
James Dennis HoffSeptember 28, 2023
The UAW Is Right: All Workers Deserve a Shorter Work Week AND Higher Wages
The current contract struggle at The Big Three and increasing automation in the auto industry raise an important question: How can we use technology to benefit the working class rather than feed the profits of the bosses?
James Dennis HoffSeptember 14, 2023
The Time Is Right for a Strike at the Big Three
A strike by UAW workers at the Big Three, if joined by actors, writers, and flight attendants, would radicalize hundreds of thousands of workers, revealing their power and raising their expectations in ways that could have an outsized positive influence on the future of labor in the United States.
James Dennis HoffSeptember 6, 2023
Trump Indictments Are About Capitalist Stability, Not Justice
Behind the many damning charges against Trump lies a more fundamental attempt on behalf of a broad sector of capital to defend the stability and legitimacy of the U.S. regime in the midst of a series of ongoing military, economic, ecological, and political crises.
James Dennis HoffAugust 4, 2023
Rekindling the Militant Spirit of CUNY’s Past
Mayor Eric Adams has announced an austerity budget that includes significant cuts to the City University of New York among other city agencies. In order to defeat these cuts, students, faculty, and other workers across the city must unite our struggles and be prepared to shut the university down.
James Dennis HoffMay 22, 2023
France: On the Frontlines of the War Against Austerity
The French masses have raised the banner of class struggle in what is becoming the first major battle against austerity after the pandemic. Working people across the world should pay attention.
James Dennis HoffMarch 25, 2023
Understanding the Global Context of the Ukrainian Conflict: A Response to Our Critics
The 2022 invasion of Ukraine and the massive rearmament of Europe that followed mark a new stage in a growing conflict that has become a proxy war between the imperialist states of the US and NATO on one side, and an emerging alliance between Russia and China on the other. While some on the Left see this new pole of Russia and China as a check against US imperialism, neither country is anti-imperialist, and neither has anything progressive to offer working people.
James Dennis HoffMarch 16, 2023
In Standoff Over Cop City, Police Are the Real Terrorists
For over two years, the protests and occupations against a police training center in Atlanta, Georgia flew under the radar of the mainstream press. Now, after the police murder of land defender Manuel Teran and the arrest of 19 protesters on charges of domestic terrorism, the standoff has gained national attention. But in the battle to defend the Weelaunee Forest and the people of Atlanta from the development of the massive “Cop City” training center, it is the Atlanta Police Department and the state that have been acting like terrorists.
James Dennis HoffJanuary 27, 2023
Sorry Jacobin, But Crushing Rail Workers’ Right to Strike Is Not Progressive
Jacobin’s Branko Marcetic is applauding progressive Democrats like AOC and Jamaal Bowman for their vote to force rail workers to accept a contract they explicitly rejected on terms that are not even close to their original demands.
James Dennis HoffDecember 1, 2022
More Crisis on the Horizon as Republicans Rally to Take Back Congress
With just three days left before the midterm elections, the Republicans look increasingly likely to retake the House and perhaps even the Senate. This could have a profound impact on the next two years of Biden's presidency and the 2024 elections. But one thing is for sure: regardless of who wins on Tuesday, the result will be more polarization and more economic, environmental, and political crisis.
James Dennis HoffNovember 5, 2022
Now More than Ever, the Working Class Needs Independent, Democratic Unions
Recently, discussions about unionization have become a national conversation. New workplaces are unionizing and the question of how to ensure their democratic functioning is the order of the day.
James Dennis HoffSeptember 14, 2022
Chipotle Closes First Unionized Store, but Organization Momentum Continues
Last month, workers at an Augusta, Maine Chipotle store formed the first ever Chipotle union in the United States. On Tuesday, the company closed the store and laid-off all of the workers.
James Dennis HoffJuly 20, 2022
The Unionization Wave Continues: Workers In Maine Have Organized the First Chipotle Store in the Country
Workers at an Augusta, Maine Chipotle have formed an independent union: Chipotle United. This is a clear indication that the unionization wave that started with Starbucks and Amazon is only growing stronger.
James Dennis HoffJune 22, 2022
Children Deserve Dignified, Happy, Carefree Lives
Under this capitalist, racist, patriarchal system, children carry the heavy burdens of trauma. As workers and socialists, we must fight to ensure that they can live the dignified, happy, and carefree lives they deserve.
James Dennis HoffMay 29, 2022
Fired Starbucks Workers Bring their Fight Directly to the CEO
Despite being illegally terminated, Starbucks workers from Memphis, Tennessee and other cities across the country are fighting to unionize and win back their jobs.
James Dennis HoffApril 30, 2022
Round Two for the ALU: the Fight to Organize Amazon Continues
On Monday, 1,600 warehouse workers in Staten Island will vote on whether or not to form the second-ever Amazon union in the United States. In response, the company is using every dirty trick in the book to intimidate workers and undermine the vote.
James Dennis HoffApril 24, 2022
The War in Ukraine Is Strengthening NATO and U.S. Imperialism
As Germany increases its military budget and Sweden and Finland ponder joining NATO, it’s clear that the war in Ukraine has been a boon for European and U.S. imperialism.
James Dennis HoffApril 16, 2022
Grassroots Unionism: Lessons from the Victory at Amazon
Amazon workers in Staten Island defeated one of the wealthiest and most anti-union corporations in the world. Their victory is a repudiation of the failed strategy of the labor bureaucracy and shows the power of real rank and file organizing.
James Dennis HoffApril 10, 2022
Socialists Should Not Support Imperialist Weapons Shipments to the Ukrainian Government
As war rages in Ukraine, NATO countries are sending billions of dollars’ worth of weapons to the Zelenskyy government. These weapons shipments are incredibly popular in Western countries — even among a sector of the Left.
James Dennis HoffApril 2, 2022
Neither NATO nor Putin: How the U.S. Left is Getting Ukraine Wrong
With the Russian invasion of Ukraine, sectors on the Left are either repeating imperialist propaganda by calling for sanctions or minimizing Russia’s actions under the guise of anti-imperialism. To be anti-imperialist means to organize the international working class against U.S. imperialism and oppressive regimes everywhere.
James Dennis HoffMarch 5, 2022
Texas Cops Who Brutalized Protesters in 2020 Finally Brought Up on Charges
Almost two years later, 19 Police officers are being brought up on charges of misconduct and aggravated assault against peaceful protesters in 2020. This is far too little, too late.
James Dennis HoffFebruary 18, 2022
From Puerto Rico to Minnesota, Teachers are Rising Up Again
With inflation continuing to rise, contract struggles, particularly among public sector unions, could become increasingly militant as workers look to regain lost wages. Already, teachers in Puerto Rico and Minnesota are leading the way with strikes, strike votes, and demonstrations.
James Dennis HoffFebruary 15, 2022
One Year Later: Biden Is Still No Friend of Labor
Joe Biden claims to be one of the most pro-labor presidents to ever hold office, but while he has talked a good game, he has conspicuously failed to deliver for working people and unions. Worse, Biden’s embrace of labor was and remains a cynical, and so far highly successful, attempt to co-opt and further tie unions to the Democratic Party.
James Dennis HoffJanuary 21, 2022
The Great Resignation Continues: 4.5 Million U.S. Workers Walked Off the Job in November
Low pay, lack of childcare, and dangerous working conditions are causing millions of people to quit their jobs. While this mass resignation may give labor some leverage to fight for higher wages and better benefits, it’s also a sign of the difficult choices working people continue to face as the pandemic rages on.
James Dennis HoffJanuary 7, 2022
The Rittenhouse Verdict Is Green Light for Right-Wing Vigilantism. The Left Must Respond
The jury’s verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial is a devastating injustice, and a dangerous precedent that will open the door for more right-wing reactionary violence against the Left. To defeat the Right, we must unite our struggles.
James Dennis HoffNovember 20, 2021
Student Workers at Columbia Are on Strike Again — What Will It Take to Win?
Yesterday, more than 3,000 student workers at Columbia walked off the job to demand a living wage and healthcare. In order to win these demands, however, the rank and file will have to unite with faculty and students, and be willing to shut down the university by taking their strike all the way to the end of the semester.
James Dennis HoffNovember 4, 2021
Shortages and Supply Chain Disruptions Are about Capitalism, Not Covid
Amid all the talk of global supply chain disruptions, the real cause — production for profit — has been largely ignored.
James Dennis HoffOctober 19, 2021
Don’t Call it a Comeback: U.S. Labor Finds Its Groove after a Dismal Summer
After a summer of relative labor peace, the United States has seen four major work stoppages in just the last three weeks. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of workers are primed to walk out in healthcare and film/TV production if their demands are not met. It’s militancy at a level unseen for years. Could it be the beginning of something bigger for U.S. labor?
James Dennis HoffOctober 9, 2021
Thursday’s Catastrophic Supreme Court Decision Puts Millions at Risk
The Supreme Court’s decision to end the limited eviction moratorium on Thursday reveals once again that the institution does not serve the interests of working people.
James Dennis HoffAugust 27, 2021