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Jason Koslowski

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

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

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.

Jason Koslowski

December 7, 2021

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.

Jason Koslowski

November 27, 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.

Jason Koslowski

November 5, 2021

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.

Jason Koslowski

October 30, 2021

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.

Jason Koslowski

October 24, 2021

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.

Jason Koslowski

October 23, 2021

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.

Jason Koslowski

October 21, 2021

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.

Jason Koslowski

September 20, 2021

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.

Jason Koslowski

August 3, 2021

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.

Jason Koslowski

June 24, 2021

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.

Jason Koslowski

May 26, 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.

Jason Koslowski

May 20, 2021

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. 

Jason Koslowski

April 22, 2021

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.

Jason Koslowski

March 18, 2021

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.

Jason Koslowski

March 5, 2021

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.

Jason Koslowski

February 24, 2021

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. 

Jason Koslowski

February 12, 2021

Philly Teachers Defy Unsafe Reopening

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

Jason Koslowski

February 9, 2021

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.

Jason Koslowski

January 30, 2021

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.

Jason Koslowski

January 3, 2021

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.

Jason Koslowski

December 26, 2020