Olivia is a writer and editor at Left Voice and lecturer in English at the City University of New York (CUNY).
The Higher Ed Labor Movement Runs Full Speed Ahead into 2023
Just thirteen days into the new year, a new set of strikes are already brewing in the higher education labor movement.
Olivia WoodJanuary 13, 2023
Are You a Public School Teacher in a State That Bans Collective Bargaining? This Article Is for You.
In states where public sector collective bargaining is banned, the path to a union and a contract is harder, but not impossible. A worker from one of these states explains why.
Olivia WoodDecember 16, 2022
As Grade Deadlines Approach, Academic Workers Must Hold the Line and Expand Strikes
The end of the semester is a critical time for academic workers on strike. Part time faculty at The New School and student workers and postdocs at the University of California are fighting hard to hold the line against increasing attacks from their employers.
Olivia WoodDecember 8, 2022
A Strike Threat Won NYU Adjuncts a Massive Raise — We Must Prepare to Strike at CUNY
Adjunct faculty at NYU recently won major gains in their contract after threatening to strike. CUNY workers should follow in their footsteps.
Olivia WoodNovember 5, 2022
Graduate Unions Lead the Way in National Reproductive Rights Walkouts
Students from schools across the United States are leading a Day of Action today to fight for the rights to safe, legal, and accessible abortion, gender affirming care, comprehensive sex education, and free contraception. They show the power of a labor movement that fights for workplace demands hand in hand with the defense against oppression.
Olivia WoodOctober 6, 2022
SEIU Colludes with Columbia to Push Through Contract for Staff
The proposed contract would provide raises of only three percent per year, an effective pay cut. Workers are waging a “Vote No” campaign.
Olivia WoodSeptember 1, 2022
Graduate Students Across the U.S. Are Organizing for Abortion Rights
Students around the country are planning walkouts and other actions to defend abortion rights on October 6.
Olivia WoodAugust 22, 2022
GOP Introduces Federal Bill Attacking Trans Children
House Republicans have introduced a federal anti-trans bill specifically attacking children and school employees. It’s a sign of things to come from the GOP’s increasingly reactionary agenda.
Olivia WoodJuly 15, 2022
To Fight Far Right Attacks We Must Reclaim the Radical Legacy of Pride
This Pride Month, many are worried about the escalating attacks on queer people, and especially trans people, coming from the far right. Instead of staying home, we need to take Pride back to its roots as a protest against oppression, not a party.
Olivia WoodJune 13, 2022
Democratic Governor Betrays Trans Youth in Louisiana
The Louisiana State Legislature has banned trans girls and women from participating in school sports teams. Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards refused to take action.
Olivia WoodJune 8, 2022
As We Await the SCOTUS Decision on Abortion, Labor Notes Should Prepare to Pivot
Roe v. Wade will likely be officially overturned before this year’s Labor Notes conference, to be held later this month. To protect abortion rights, the U.S. labor movement should use the opportunity of our conference to take to the streets en masse.
Olivia WoodJune 8, 2022
The Supreme Court Is Poised to Overturn Roe v. Wade — Now Is the Time to Mobilize
In a leaked draft of its upcoming decision, the Supreme Court appears to be prepared to overturn Roe v. Wade. It is absolutely essential that we mobilize now — in the streets, in workplaces, and in our unions — to protect the right to abortion.
Olivia WoodMay 2, 2022
CUNY Students and Workers Protest Administration Visit to Israel
This week, CUNY’s Chancellor Félix Matos Rodríguez and several college Presidents are visiting Israel to “build bridges” with Israeli universities. We must mobilize for the liberation of Palestine, and against these efforts at whitewashing Israeli oppression.
Olivia WoodMay 1, 2022
Mayor Adams Courts Wealthy New Yorkers and Brutalizes the Unhoused
New York City Mayor Eric Adams is evicting unhoused people from their living spaces and cracking down on sheltering in subways. It’s part of his administration’s "law and order" politics and efforts to court the wealthy.
Olivia WoodApril 1, 2022
Sorry Biden, but Better than Trump Is Not Good Enough for Queer People
Biden's first year in office has been defined by broken promises and a lack of any meaningful action to protect or expand the rights of LGBTQ+ people at home or abroad.
Olivia WoodFebruary 7, 2022
Capitalists Only “Trust the Science” When It Suits Their Agenda
Trusting science should not mean trusting in the benevolence of the ruling class.
Olivia WoodJanuary 21, 2022
Student Workers of Columbia Reach Tentative Agreement
After more than two months on strike, the Student Workers of Columbia reached a tentative agreement for their union’s first contract with Columbia University.
Olivia WoodJanuary 8, 2022
“Doomsday” Glacier Is Melting, Accelerating Sea Level Rise
Antarctica’s “Doomsday” Glacier is melting, and the ice sheet at its base will likely shatter into icebergs in the next five years. This will accelerate the pace of sea level rise, and the global working class will pay the price.
Olivia WoodDecember 19, 2021
Columbia Gay Straight Alliance Supports Striking Workers. They Are Part of a Long Tradition of Queer-Labor Solidarity
An undergraduate queer student group at Columbia University hosted a screening of “Pride” (2014) in support of the student workers currently striking for their first contract. This is just one instance of a long history of queer worker organizing.
Olivia WoodNovember 13, 2021
Wealthy Liberal Arts Colleges Are Exploiting International Students for Cheap Teaching Labor
Left Voice spoke to a teacher at Grinnell College about the working conditions of the severely underpaid “language assistants,” student workers who teach for-credit classes. Such practices are widespread across the United States.
Olivia WoodNovember 9, 2021
North Carolina School Bus Drivers Begin Wildcat Strike for Higher Wages
In Wake County, North Carolina, about a third of all school bus drivers are refusing to drive their routes in protest of low wages and doubled and tripled workloads with no additional pay.
Olivia WoodNovember 1, 2021
Buffalo Healthcare Workers Strike for Better Patient Care and Fair Wages
Left Voice visited the picket line at Mercy Hospital near Buffalo, New York. Nurses and other hospital workers have been on strike for three weeks, calling for safe staffing ratios and better pay.
Olivia WoodOctober 23, 2021
Abortion Rights Are a Labor Issue — Unions Must Fight for Them
Abortion is a labor issue, and workers should fight within their unions for a mass movement to protect abortion rights across the United States.
Olivia WoodOctober 2, 2021
As the School Year Begins, America’s Children Are the Sacrificial Lambs of “Return to Normal”
Recent CDC data suggests that without masking or systematic testing, 91% of children under 12 could become infected with the delta variant of the coronavirus within three months. In many states, ICUs are already full. This could have been avoided if not for capitalists choosing profits over people’s lives.
Olivia WoodAugust 31, 2021