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The Time Is Right for a Strike at the Big Three

A strike by UAW workers at the Big Three, if joined by actors, writers, and flight attendants, would radicalize hundreds of thousands of workers, revealing their power and raising their expectations in ways that could have an outsized positive influence on the future of labor in the United States.

James Dennis Hoff

September 6, 2023

“Angry, Terrified, and Excited”: A CUNY Adjunct Approaches A New Semester During Contract Bargaining

Adjuncts at CUNY are heading back to work without a new contract. One of these workers reflects on the poor conditions they will return to and their excitement to organize with their union for a better CUNY.

10 Reasons UPS Workers Are Voting “No” on the Tentative Agreement

Not all UPS workers are happy with the tentative agreement. Here’s how the proposed contract falls short of what workers deserve and have the power to win.

Ben Douglass

August 11, 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 Koslowski

August 5, 2023

Northeastern Grad Workers Organize for a Union Despite Harassment and Intimidation

In preparation for a union vote in September, graduate student workers at Northeastern University held a rally which defied intimidation from the administration and campus cops.

Tarang Saluja

July 26, 2023

Canadian Dock Workers Set to Return to Picket Lines and Facing State Repression

Port workers in British Columbia, Canada, have been on strike for over two weeks. This strike parallels many struggles of the working class in the U.S., and it offers useful lessons for fighting back against worsening conditions.

Matthew Walters

July 20, 2023

New York City Teachers Union Ratifies Bad Five-Year Contract

New York City’s teachers union ratified a contract that does nothing to address the deep problems facing the city’s students and teachers. The battle isn’t over — we should be prepared to strike and fight for more.

Emma Lee

July 12, 2023

As Negotiations Collapse, Historic UPS Strike Looms Large

Negotiations between UPS and the Teamsters came to a halt after the company failed to meet the union’s economic demands, primarily around part timers’ wages. After decades of defeats, a militant strike could revitalize the labor movement.

Luigi Morris

July 9, 2023

The First Pride Was a Riot, This Pride Is a Strike: Starbucks Workers Shut Down Over 150 Stores

This June, Starbucks implemented a new policy which prevented employees from decorating their stores for Pride. Instead of accepting this hypocrisy from the supposedly queer-friendly corporation, workers at over 150 unionized locations shut things down.

R.F. Landers

July 1, 2023