Jason is a contingent college teacher and union organizer who lives in Philadelphia.
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
Glass Onion: Liberalism’s Dream
Netflix’s new movie, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, is the ruling class’s dream about itself.
Jason KoslowskiJanuary 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 KoslowskiDecember 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 KoslowskiNovember 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 KoslowskiJuly 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 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
A Bureaucratic Revolution in the Labor Movement?
A contribution to a critique of U.S. union bureaucracy since 1980.
Jason KoslowskiFebruary 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 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
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 KoslowskiOctober 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 KoslowskiOctober 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 KoslowskiOctober 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 KoslowskiOctober 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 KoslowskiSeptember 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 KoslowskiAugust 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 KoslowskiJune 24, 2021