Is Fight for 15 for Real?

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I organized a roundtable discussion on the Fight for 15 fast food strikers campaign with Chicago Whole Foods worker Trish Kahle, former SEIU staffer and author Jane McAlevey, and International Longshore and Warehouse Union organizing director Peter Olney. In it, the panelists discuss some of recent criticisms of the campaign as top-down and PR-driven. You can read it here

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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.

The End of the Longest Strike in America

 

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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.