Wave of Low-Wage Worker Strikes Hits LA Ports

ImageThe 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.


In Chicago, ‘Setting Schools Up To Fail’?


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.

The End of the Longest Strike in America



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.

Chicago Teachers Union Overwhelmingly Re-Elects Karen Lewis’s CORE Caucus

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 Fighting Rahm Emanuel on Layoffs, Airport Janitors Demand New Union

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.