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.
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
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 HoffAugust 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 HoffJuly 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 HoffJuly 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 HoffJune 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 HoffJune 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 HoffJune 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 HoffJune 2, 2021