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Jason Koslowski

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

What the Movement for Palestine Can Learn from the Rutgers Encampment Deal

The Gaza solidarity encampment at Rutgers New Brunswick ended in a deal between the administration and a negotiations team at the camp. It’s been a highly controversial decision. The experience at Rutgers shows the need for a truly democratic, bottom-up fight for Palestine.

Jason Koslowski

May 17, 2024

Dispatch from the Rutgers Encampment for Palestine

A report from a pro-Palestine union teacher at Rutgers.

Jason Koslowski

April 29, 2024

Our Unions Can Tip the Balance for the Campus Palestine Revolt

Unions are starting to join students in the fight for Palestine. Rank and filers can organize our unions to join the encampments, strike for Palestine --- and push our leaders to throw their full support behind us.

Jason Koslowski

April 28, 2024

The Hollywood Strikes Showed That a New Kind of Class Consciousness Is Growing

The SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes showed a new type of solidarity in the labor movement and reflected a growing class consciousness around labor. We must build on these lessons as the labor movement heads into 2024.

Jason Koslowski

December 21, 2023

Let’s Make the AFL-CIO Join the Fight for Palestine

The biggest union federation in the U.S. is staying silent on the slaughter of Palestinians. And it’s trying to silence members calling for a ceasefire. But union members can push our federation into real and active solidarity with the Palestinian people.

Jason Koslowski

November 15, 2023

Temple University Students are Escalating Their Fight for Palestine

Students at Temple University in Philadelphia are ramping up the movement for Palestine on campus.

Jason Koslowski

November 11, 2023

Our Unions Need to Join the Fight for Palestinian Liberation — Right Now

Israel’s brutal attack on the Palestinian people is about to escalate. It’s being funded by U.S. dollars and armed with U.S. weapons. But our unions have a chance to help grind this war machine to a halt. 

Jason Koslowski

October 20, 2023

Scabs Will Not Pass: Defend the UAW Strike With Organized Grassroots Power

The Big Three are escalating their use of scabs. The rank and file are fighting back.

Jason Koslowski

September 27, 2023

Joe Biden Is Afraid of the UAW Strike. That’s a Good Thing.

A few days ago, Biden called on the bosses of the Big Three automakers to give concessions to the striking UAW workers. It’s because he’s scared of the UAW’s power.

Jason Koslowski

September 20, 2023

A Labor Aristocracy Exists, and It’s Evolving: A Reply to Charlie Post

Charlie Post argues there’s no such thing as a “labor aristocracy” in the United States. But there really is an upper layer of the working class, supported by a thousand kinds of “direct and indirect” benefits flowing from imperialism. Its starkest expression is a massive labor bureaucracy that’s becoming more integrated into the imperialist capitalist machine than ever before. If we’re going to build genuine socialist internationalism, we’re going to need a clear-eyed view of that layer and its developments.

Jason Koslowski

August 5, 2023

A Chemical Plant Just Poisoned Philadelphia’s Water: A First-Hand Account of the Crisis

A company dumped thousands of gallons of poisonous chemicals into Philadelphia’s drinking water. This is an on-the-ground account by a Philadelphia worker and socialist.

Jason Koslowski

March 27, 2023

Temple’s Grad Worker Strike Ends with Important Victories 

The last report on the strike from a union teacher at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Jason Koslowski

March 17, 2023

Dispatches from the Pickets: Temple Grad Worker Strike Escalates

Things are heating up in the grad worker strike at Temple University in Philadelphia. A report from the picket line by a union teacher.

Jason Koslowski

March 2, 2023

Temple’s Grad Students Say “Hell No” to Bad Deal from University Bosses

Now that Temple’s grad workers have rejected the deal, the fight continues.

Jason Koslowski

February 22, 2023

Dispatches from the Picket Line: 2,000 Temple Students Walk Out to Support Grad Strike

A Temple adjunct reports from inside the walkout on Wednesday, February 15.

Jason Koslowski

February 16, 2023

Higher Ed Strike Fever: This Morning, Temple’s Grad Students Walked off the Job

TUGSA, organizing Temple University’s graduate students, walked out on strike this morning. Winning will take bottom-up organizing from Temple’s unions and undergraduates, shoulder to shoulder with TUGSA on the pickets.

Jason Koslowski

January 31, 2023

Temple’s Undergrads Are Taking On the University Bosses

At Temple University, undergraduate students are joining the ranks of higher ed workers who are fighting back.

Jason Koslowski

January 30, 2023

Five Years after Ursula K. Le Guin’s Death, We Need Her More Than Ever

Ursula K. Le Guin tended the embers of revolt in a new age of imperialism and counterrevolution. She tasked us with stoking them into a blaze.

Jason Koslowski

January 22, 2023

Glass Onion: Liberalism’s Dream

Netflix’s new movie, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, is the ruling class’s dream about itself.

Jason Koslowski

January 4, 2023

Eric Blanc Takes a Hatchet to U.S. History

The New Deal was a product of militant workers’ struggles, not a gift from the Democratic Party.

Jason Koslowski

December 11, 2022

Temple Grad Students Vote to Strike, and Temple’s Bosses Are Afraid

Temple University’s exploited graduate students have authorized a strike — so the bosses have ramped up their union busting. A Temple union teacher reflects on the struggle ahead.

Jason Koslowski

November 13, 2022

What Is Class Struggle Unionism?

Joe Burns’ new Class Struggle Unionism comes at a key time. That’s because the long-slumbering union movement looks like it could be starting to stir again.

Jason Koslowski

July 17, 2022

Something Big Is Stirring: Report from the 2022 Labor Notes Conference:

This year’s Labor Notes conference was massive. Four thousand of the most active union activists gathered in Chicago, often pushing the discussions well to the left. We caught sight of something important — possibly something powerful — stirring inside the labor movement. Let’s help it grow.

Jason Koslowski

June 25, 2022

Temple Faculty Union: Mobilize Labor to Defend Abortion Rights

Faculty and academic professionals at Temple University in Philadelphia have issued a statement calling on the AFT and the AFL-CIO to mobilize the labor movement to defend abortion rights. All unions must heed this call.

Jason Koslowski

May 9, 2022

The Amazon Labor Union Is a Problem for Democrats — So They’re Trying to Co-Opt It

The Democrats are fighting hard to co-opt the radically independent Amazon Labor Union. But organizing with Democrats is a dead end; the way forward is through workers organizing across sectors, independent from capitalist parties and politicians.

Jason Koslowski

April 23, 2022

It’s Time for AFT’s Leaders to Support the Minneapolis Strike

The outcome of the Minneapolis strike of education workers will ripple across the labor movement. Now is the time for the AFT’s leaders to throw the full weight of the union behind the strikers.

Jason Koslowski

March 10, 2022

A Bureaucratic Revolution in the Labor Movement?

A contribution to a critique of U.S. union bureaucracy since 1980.

Jason Koslowski

February 27, 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.

Jason Koslowski

January 21, 2022

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?

Jason Koslowski

December 13, 2021