Jason is a contingent college teacher and union organizer who lives in Philadelphia.
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 KoslowskiDecember 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 KoslowskiNovember 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 KoslowskiNovember 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 KoslowskiOctober 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 KoslowskiSeptember 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 KoslowskiSeptember 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 KoslowskiAugust 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 KoslowskiMarch 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 KoslowskiMarch 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 KoslowskiMarch 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 KoslowskiFebruary 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 KoslowskiFebruary 16, 2023
Dispatches from the Picket Lines: All Out for the Temple Graduate Workers Strike
A Temple faculty member reports.
Jason KoslowskiFebruary 3, 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 KoslowskiJanuary 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 KoslowskiJanuary 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 KoslowskiJanuary 22, 2023
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 KoslowskiNovember 13, 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 KoslowskiJune 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 KoslowskiMay 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 KoslowskiApril 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 KoslowskiMarch 10, 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 KoslowskiJanuary 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 KoslowskiDecember 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 KoslowskiDecember 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 KoslowskiNovember 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 KoslowskiNovember 5, 2021