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Jason Koslowski

Jason is a contingent college teacher and union organizer who lives in Philadelphia.

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Unions Need to Be On the Frontlines of the Struggle for Abortion Rights

The right to an abortion is under attack. That right is a crucial one for the working class. So why have our union leaders been so quiet?

Why Are There So Few Large Strikes? Blame the Democratic Party

The number of large strikes has plummeted since the 1970s. The main reason is the link between union leaders and the Democratic Party. That link has to be cut.

Joe Biden in the foreground in black and white, red and blue arrows in the background

The Democratic Party and Capitalism’s Economic Contradictions

The Democratic Party is promising that its spending packages will rejuvenate the economy. And that has helped the party bewitch the Left and dampen mass struggle in the United States. But the economic situation today — riven by fundamental, explosive contradictions — shows that those promises are built on sand, and that we need to reject the Democrats and organize for an independent, revolutionary struggle.

Restaurant hotel workers and Unite Here representatives chanted, “If we don’t get it, shut it down,” at a vote of union members to authorize a strike outside the Wyndham Hotel in Philadelphia on October 28, 2021.

Wyndham Hotel Workers in Philadelphia Vote to Authorize Strike

After being called “essential” during the pandemic, another set of workers is being offered an insulting contract by management. In response, they are preparing to strike. They deserve the support of every union in Philadelphia.

After Four Years without a Contract, Teachers Prepare to Strike in Scranton, PA

Union teachers in Scranton, Pennsylvania, are readying for a strike — threatening to help push Striketober into Strikevember.

Worker in a yellow vest walks through a corridor with a bus on either side.

Philly Transport Workers Prepare to Strike. So Should Every Philly Union.

During the pandemic, while bus drivers and train and trolley operators were getting sick and dying, they were called heroes. Now, the bosses are demanding major concessions from transport workers in Philly. In response, their union voted unanimously to strike. It will take more to build real worker power in the city.

The Democrats Are Enabling Pfizer’s Vaccine Imperialism

Huge portions of the world have little or no access to Covid vaccines. Pfizer is holding its vaccines ransom and extorting governments for its profits — while the Democrats sit and watch.

Bosses Are Using Scabs to Break “Striketober”

Bosses need strikebreakers to keep their profits flowing. To stop scabs, rank and filers need to organize across unions, and stop allying with Democrats.

A line of cops wearing riot gear

Temple University’s Rank-and-File Talk “Cops out of Unions”

Cops aren’t workers --- they’re weapons of the ruling class to attack workers and the oppressed. Despite what many of our union leaders say, building real union power means kicking cops out of our unions, and mobilizing from the bottom up to link our unions to a wider, class-wide struggle against the ruling class.

Pro-Palestine protesters at a march in Philadelphia. Palestinian flags in the background while someone holds up a sign that says "Freedom for Palestine."

Temple University Rank and Filers Release Palestine Solidarity Statement

Rank and filers at Temple University in Philly are demanding their union local and national fight to end all support for Israel and join the cause of Palestinian workers.

States Are Attacking the Teaching of Racism. Where Are the Teachers Unions?

Republicans are trying to stop teachers from teaching the true, racist history of the United States. But our union leaders won’t take a real stand. To fight back, we’ll need to organize in our unions to take action — from the bottom up.

The Democrats Won’t Save Democracy

While Republicans are attacking voting rights, the Democrats are pretending they’re champions of democracy. They’re not. Real democracy has to be fought for and won — from the bottom up.

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.

Minnesota Workers Took on the National Guard to Defend Black Lives — We Need More Solidarity Like That

During protests against Daunte Wright’s murder, union members evicted the Minnesota National Guard from their union building. It was a glimpse of the power our unions have to stand in solidarity with Black struggle. 

What Are Unions and Why Do They Matter?

With unions making headlines in the last few months, it’s crucial to reflect on what unions are, where their power comes from, and what possibilities they hold.

Philly Teachers Return to School, but the Fight for Safe Re-openings Continues

Again and again, Philly’s public school teachers have defied the school district, refusing to come back to unsafe buildings. This week, they won some concessions in a deal to reopen the schools. But major fights lie ahead.

Harriet Tubman's face is superimposed on a 20-dollar bill.

The Democrats Attempt to Buy Harriet Tubman’s Legacy with 20-Dollar Bills

Biden and the Democrats want to put Harriet Tubman on the 20-dollar bill. It’s a way to cover up that they’re champions of the white-supremacist cops and the capitalist system they protect. Harriet Tubman's abolitionist legacy cannot be bought or sold.

Unions in the Biden Era

The Capitol riot showed the threat of an emboldened Far Right. At the same time, however, it allowed Joe Biden’s new government to present itself as a “defender of democracy.” It is urgent for the working class to fight not only against the Right, but also against Biden’s neoliberal and racist policies, and unions will be a key part of that struggle. 

Two Philadelphia teachers protest and hold signs.

Philly Teachers Defy Unsafe Reopening

On Monday morning, Philly teachers defied the school district and refused to enter unsafe buildings. More battles lie ahead.

The Biggest Unionizing Struggle in Amazon’s History is Happening in Alabama

Just outside Birmingham, Alabama, warehouse workers are mounting the largest unionization fight in Amazon’s history. Their victory will be a win for the entire working class.

A Critique of the Rank-and-File Strategy

It is the most popular strategy for U.S socialists in the labor movement — yet it has serious limits.

A photo of the housing encampment at the Ben Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.

Philly Housing Activists Are Fighting Evictions in the Streets

The eviction housing crisis is hitting home in Philadelphia, with the local Democrats protecting the landlords at the expense of renters and shutting down emergency measures for the unhoused. But Philly is home to a powerful housing movement that is fighting back.

New Stimulus Bill Is No Win for the Working Class

Bipartisan consensus seems to be forming around a new stimulus bill. Unsurprisingly, this new package gives a weak and insufficient amount of aid to the working class. We must organize to fight for more.

Black and white photo, a street in Philly with smoke in the distance due to the MOVE bombing.

MOVE Rejects Philly Democrats’ Cynical Apology

Three decades later, Philly Democrats apologized for the brutal MOVE bombing. It’s a cynical ploy by the representatives of white supremacist capitalism.

Philly Protesters Arrested, Killer Cops Still Free

The struggle to win justice for Walter Wallace, Jr. --- murdered by the police --- has been steadily growing in Philadelphia. The cops brutally attacked protesters last night and the Democratic mayor is now calling in the National Guard and implementing curfew.

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Philly Cops Murdered Walter Wallace Jr. Where Do We Go from Here?

The Philadelphia Police thugs murdered another Black man, Walter Wallace, Jr. on October 26. To build the power we need to fight back against police terror, we need to organize on the streets and at our workplaces.

How to Stop a Stolen Election: Mobilize the Unions

Trump’s election strategy is to attack voting rights in a bid to steal the election. Our unions have a crucial role to play not just in stopping him, but in fighting for real democracy beyond both parties of the ruling class. 

Who’s Funding the Trump and Biden Campaigns?

The 2020 election is a lovers’ quarrel among segments of the ruling class. 

No Return to Normal for the Capitalist Economy

The capitalists are celebrating their booming stock market and dreaming of a return to normal. But that’s a fantasy. We’re living through another fundamental breakdown of the capitalist economy. The question is, who will have to pay for it?

The Case for a National Teachers’ Strike

The ruling class and their representatives want schools open at any cost to protect their profits. We need a national teachers’ strike to defend ourselves, fight back, and link our struggle to the wider movement against the cops and beyond.