“We are not giving up.” Alabama Coal Miners Enter Sixth Month of Strike
A reflection on the strengths and contradictions of this historic strike by a journalist who covered the struggle from the first night of picket lines and from a distance.
Luigi MorrisSeptember 10, 2021
Alabama Coal Miners Protest Outside BlackRock Office in New York
On Wednesday morning, UMWA coal miners picketed the Manhattan office of BlackRock to demand a better contract. These workers recognize that they put their lives on the line to keep society running while bosses collect the profits.
Otto ForsJuly 29, 2021
The Women of the Warrior Met Strike
The strike of UMWA mine workers at Warrior Met Coal in Alabama involves many more people than the 1,100 workers who walked off the job in early April. Next to them on the picket lines are their families and partners who are helping to organize the strike, break its isolation, and discuss next steps, following in the footsteps of women’s committees in some of the most important labor battles in U.S. history.
Madeleine FreemanApril 21, 2021
There is No Substitute for the Rank and File: Thoughts on Amazon Unionization
The Bessemer Amazon union was defeated by an almost 2-1 margin. This wasn’t just due to tactical mistakes. It’s due to a top-down, bureaucratic union model. To take on Amazon’s colossal strength, there is no substitute for the power of a combative rank-and-file movement.
Tatiana CozzarelliApril 17, 2021
The Legacy of Mother Jones: Interview with an Alabama Coal Miner’s Wife
Left Voice speaks with the wife of a mine worker who is currently on strike for a better contract at Warrior Met Coal in Brookwood, Alabama.
Left VoiceApril 15, 2021
Postmortem on Bessemer Amazon Defeat
Labor historian Michael Goldfield, author of The Southern Key, offers his analysis of why the Amazon warehouse union drive in Bessemer, Alabama was unsuccessful and how similar outcomes can be avoided in the future.
Michael GoldfieldApril 11, 2021
“This Strike’s Far From Over”: Interview With a Striking Miner In Alabama
Over a thousand coal miners are on strike in Alabama and have recently voted down a tentative agreement to end the dispute. Left Voice interviewed one of the miners about the situation on the ground and why they voted to continue the fight.
Left VoiceApril 10, 2021
“We Deserve More”: Alabama Miners Reject Tentative Agreement, Continue Strike
Striking mine workers at Warrior Met Coal overwhelmingly voted down the tentative agreement. The strike continues!
Madeleine FreemanApril 9, 2021
“A Slap in the Face”: Striking Alabama Miners Push Back on Contract Settlement
On the sixth day of a strike of over 1,100 workers at the Warrior Met coal mines in Alabama, the union presented the rank and file with a tentative agreement from the company. The contract offers certain concessions, but does not address the central demands workers say they require before they come off the picket lines.
Madeleine FreemanApril 8, 2021
From the Picket Line: Alabama Coal Miners on Strike
Left Voice was on the ground in Alabama to report on and stand in solidarity with the more than 1,100 Warrior Met Coal Mine workers on strike. We spoke with many workers on the picket line about this struggle and the conditions they face at the mines.
Left VoiceApril 6, 2021