Author: James Dennis Hoff

The Taylor Law Can be Defeated

Passing resolutions and lobbying Albany is not enough. If we want to take back the right to strike, we will have to use it.

This is What Happens When the Boss Controls Your Health Care

The decision by General Motors executives to stop funding the health insurance of striking employees is yet another example of the way that employers can use such benefits as a cudgel to punish workers. A system of free and universal public health care is the only solution.

Will CUNY Go on Strike?

On Wednesday, September 11, members of the CUNY Graduate Center chapter of the Professional Staff Congress union passed a resolution calling for an immediate strike authorization campaign; several other chapters are set to follow this month. Could this be the beginning of a bigger movement toward a strike, or will the PSC leadership once again squander the opportunity and settle for another weak contract?

Too Little, Too Late: Firing Pantaleo is Not Enough

Eric Garner was killed by policeman Daniel Pantaleo five years ago. Yesterday Pantaleo was fired from the police force. While this is a result of protests, it is too little, too late.

New York City is Falling Apart. Capitalism is to Blame.

As climate change proceeds and the waters of the Hudson rise, the city’s ancient infrastructure is on the verge of collapse. Avoiding disaster will require a radical reinvestment in and restructuring of public services that puts the needs of New Yorkers above the interests and profits of capital.

DSA Members Call for Mass Strike for Reproductive Justice

A proposed resolution urges the DSA to organize a nation-wide mass strike “when Roe v. Wade is challenged at the Supreme Court.” The resolution will be voted on at the DSA’s upcoming national convention. This could be the starting point for the kinds of mass actions needed to stop the right-wing offensive against reproductive rights.

The Democratic Party Doesn’t Care About Immigrants

Democratic Party primary candidates would like you to believe they care about immigrants, but their proposed reforms would do little to end the massive suffering, fear and death caused by the brutal immigration apparatus their party helped to build.

Iran: U.S. Once Again Beating the Drums of War

After attacks on two oil tankers last Thursday, tensions between the U.S. and Iran are heating up and Trump’s State department is already building a case for war. Could this be the lead-up to military conflict?

CUNY Reaches “Historically” Bad Contract Agreement with Faculty Union

On Wednesday, October 23, after almost two years of closed-door bargaining, the Executive Council of the CUNY Professional Staff Congress (which represents both staff and faculty at the university) finally agreed to a tentative contract proposal with management. Hailed as “historic” and “transformational” by the union leadership and the University, both of which have already begun their victory laps in the local press, the agreement actually represents a massive compromise on the most pressing issue for many union members: equal pay for adjunct faculty.  While the rank and file have been demanding that adjunct wages be doubled to $7,000 per

The Taylor Law Can be Defeated

Passing resolutions and lobbying Albany is not enough. If we want to take back the right to strike, we will have to use it.

This is What Happens When the Boss Controls Your Health Care

The decision by General Motors executives to stop funding the health insurance of striking employees is yet another example of the way that employers can use such benefits as a cudgel to punish workers. A system of free and universal public health care is the only solution.

Will CUNY Go on Strike?

On Wednesday, September 11, members of the CUNY Graduate Center chapter of the Professional Staff Congress union passed a resolution calling for an immediate strike authorization campaign; several other chapters are set to follow this month. Could this be the beginning of a bigger movement toward a strike, or will the PSC leadership once again squander the opportunity and settle for another weak contract?

Too Little, Too Late: Firing Pantaleo is Not Enough

Eric Garner was killed by policeman Daniel Pantaleo five years ago. Yesterday Pantaleo was fired from the police force. While this is a result of protests, it is too little, too late.

New York City is Falling Apart. Capitalism is to Blame.

As climate change proceeds and the waters of the Hudson rise, the city’s ancient infrastructure is on the verge of collapse. Avoiding disaster will require a radical reinvestment in and restructuring of public services that puts the needs of New Yorkers above the interests and profits of capital.

DSA Members Call for Mass Strike for Reproductive Justice

A proposed resolution urges the DSA to organize a nation-wide mass strike “when Roe v. Wade is challenged at the Supreme Court.” The resolution will be voted on at the DSA’s upcoming national convention. This could be the starting point for the kinds of mass actions needed to stop the right-wing offensive against reproductive rights.

The Democratic Party Doesn’t Care About Immigrants

Democratic Party primary candidates would like you to believe they care about immigrants, but their proposed reforms would do little to end the massive suffering, fear and death caused by the brutal immigration apparatus their party helped to build.

Iran: U.S. Once Again Beating the Drums of War

After attacks on two oil tankers last Thursday, tensions between the U.S. and Iran are heating up and Trump’s State department is already building a case for war. Could this be the lead-up to military conflict?