The strike wave among low-wage workers appears to be spreading beyond fast food and retail, as port truckers went on strike yesterday in Los Angeles. I wrote about it for In These Times here.
Al Jazeera America launched this week, and today I have my first piece for the station on the impact of school closings, budget cuts, and teacher layoffs in CPS as the first day of school approaches. Read it here.
A second article on ALEC’s 40th annual conference for The Nation–read it here.
I wrote a piece for The Nation on protests against the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) 40th annual conference in Chicago this year. You can read it here.
Today would have been James Baldwin’s birthday. His essay “Many Thousands Gone” from Notes of a Native Son is one of the most personally affecting essays I’ve ever read. Its text, in full, is below.
Forgot to post this last month, probably because it was so depressing to write: on the massive budget cuts to the Philadelphia public schools system.
I wrote about corporate front groups taking aim at worker centers and other non-union labor organizations––an issue near to my heart, as a former organizer at a worker center, Arise Chicago. Read it here.
The longest strike in America ended yesterday, with UNITE HERE Local 1, the union representing Chicago hospitality workers, deciding to end their strike at the Congress Hotel in downtown Chicago after a decade. The strike was a fixture of the Chicago landscape, almost like a living landmark. I wrote some reflections about its end, which you can read here.
I’ve got a story up at The Nation about the re-election of Karen Lewis’s CORE caucus and the spread of similar social justice caucuses in teachers unions across the country. Read it here.
After a yearlong battle with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, whose administration’s choice of a nonunion contractor for janitorial services at O’Hare Airport led to almost 300 layoffs of unionized janitors there, the new nonunion janitors demanded union recognition from their employer this week. I wrote about it yesterday for Working In These Times.