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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.

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 Hoff

April 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 Hoff

April 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 Hoff

April 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 Hoff

April 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 Hoff

April 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 Hoff

March 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 Hoff

February 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 Hoff

February 15, 2022

Corporate Profits Soar Even amid Rising Inflation

As inflation chips away at our paychecks, the bosses are making more than ever.

James Dennis Hoff

February 11, 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 Hoff

January 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 Hoff

January 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 Hoff

November 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 Hoff

November 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 Hoff

October 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 Hoff

October 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 Hoff

August 27, 2021

CUNY’s Reopening Plan Is a Disaster in the Making

As the City University of New York prepares to welcome hundreds of thousands of students back to campus, workers say they don’t feel safe.

James Dennis Hoff

August 24, 2021

Biden to OPEC: “Drill, Baby, Drill!”

In the wake of increased fuel prices in the United States and fears of inflation, Biden has called on OPEC to increase oil production. But this is a devil’s bargain that will incentivize further destructive fossil fuel use, making the transition to renewable energy much more difficult.

James Dennis Hoff

August 15, 2021

Forced to Work 80 Hours a Week, Frito-Lay Factory Workers Are on Strike for Their Lives

As prices for basic consumer goods rise, corporations like PepsiCo, which owns Frito-Lay, are raking in billions while paying their employees poverty wages and investing almost nothing in additional production.

James Dennis Hoff

July 18, 2021

How Bad Will it Get? Climate Catastrophe and Capitalism

As recent events make clear, our world has been irreversibly changed. Adequately responding to the changes already baked into the climate --- and learning how to thrive in this new world while avoiding the worst case scenarios still on the horizon --- will require nothing less than the revolutionary overthrow of the very system that created these problems.

James Dennis Hoff

July 8, 2021

The Infrastructure Debate: Yet Another Sign of the Ongoing Crisis

The infrastructure debate shows once again that the ruling class cannot solve the contradictions of capitalism.

James Dennis Hoff

June 23, 2021

3,000 Volvo Workers Are on Strike Again

After rejecting a second contract offer, Volvo workers at the Mack and Volvo Truck of North America manufacturing plant in Dublin, Virginia are on strike again. They say that this time they are not going back until a new contract is ratified.

James Dennis Hoff

June 16, 2021

Why We Are Voting Yes on the PSC CUNY’s “Resolution in Support of the Palestinian People”

On Thursday, the PSC CUNY Delegate Assembly will consider a resolution introduced by rank-and-file members of several PSC committees, that condemns the Israeli massacres in Palestine and calls for CUNY divestment from firms that support the occupation. As elected delegates of the union, we support this resolution and call on our union to go further to end U.S. aid to Israel and the occupation of Palestine.

James Dennis Hoff

June 8, 2021

Police Kill at Least Twice as Many People as Previously Reported

2020 was a terrible year for police violence, but a new report shows that many more people, particularly people of color, have been killed by cops in the United States than previously reported.

James Dennis Hoff

June 2, 2021

Labor Must Demand: “Not One More Cent, Not One More Bullet” for Israel

Labor unions across the world are coming out in solidarity with the Palestinian people. While statements of support and boycotts are good, labor must do more.

James Dennis Hoff

May 20, 2021

Connecticut Governor Calls National Guard in Advance of Health Care Workers Strike

Health care workers across Connecticut state are threatening to walk out this Friday unless the governor agrees to increase state funding to the nursing homes where they work. In response Democratic Governor Ned Lamont is requesting the National Guard.

James Dennis Hoff

May 12, 2021

Biden’s Border Policy is Still Separating Families

Thanks to Biden’s immigration policy, thousands of children remain separated from their families, and more are separated every day.

NYU Graduate Workers Continue Strike For Living Wages and Cops off Their Campus

After ten months without a contract, graduate workers at the largest private university in the United States are on strike for better wages, better benefits, and the eviction of the NYPD from their campuses.

James Dennis Hoff

April 30, 2021

The Pandemic Couldn’t Stop Us: Labor Struggle Is Back and Strong As Before

From auto manufacturing and coal mining, to healthcare and higher education, workers across the United States are striking in numbers not seen since before the pandemic.

James Dennis Hoff

April 27, 2021

3,000 Workers Are On Strike at the Largest Volvo Truck Manufacturing Plant in the World

Workers at the Mack and Volvo Truck of North America manufacturing plant in Dublin, Virginia --- which makes regional and long distance hauling vehicles for the entire country --- have been on strike for almost a week now and show no signs of backing down. 

James Dennis Hoff

April 23, 2021