New Book: Unions and the City – Negotiating Urban Change

Edited by Ian Thomas MacDonald. From ILR Press: Labor unions remain the largest membership-based organizations in major North American cities, even after years of decline. Labor continues to play a vital role in mobilizing urban residents, shaping urban conflict, and crafting the policies and regulations that are transforming our urban spaces. As unions become more … More New Book: Unions and the City – Negotiating Urban Change

LaborNotes: Building an Army to Fight Runaway Inequality

  How can unions help create a social movement to take on Wall Street’s economic and political dominance? That’s the question that the Communications Workers (CWA) are tackling with labor educator Les Leopold. The training program they’ve put together, based on his book Runaway Inequality: An Activist’s Guide to Economic Justice, has already reached hundreds … More LaborNotes: Building an Army to Fight Runaway Inequality

New Book by James Young: Union Power – The United Electrical Workers in Erie, Pennsylvania

From Monthly Review Press: If you’re lucky enough to be employed today in the United States, there’s about a one-in-ten chance that you’re in a labor union. And even if you’re part of that unionized 10 percent, chances are your union doesn’t carry much economic or political clout. But this was not always the case, … More New Book by James Young: Union Power – The United Electrical Workers in Erie, Pennsylvania

New Book: Against Labor – How U.S. Employers Organized to Defeat Union Activism

From University of Illinois Press: Against Labor highlights the tenacious efforts by employers to organize themselves as a class to contest labor. Ranging across a spectrum of understudied issues, essayists explore employer anti-labor strategies and offer incisive portraits of people and organizations that aggressively opposed unions. Other contributors examine the anti-labor movement against a backdrop … More New Book: Against Labor – How U.S. Employers Organized to Defeat Union Activism

URPE Brooklyn Conference: Left-Wing Economics in a Right-Wing Political Climate

St. Francis College, Brooklyn NY, April 8, 2017 The Conference will bring together the theoretical perspectives of radical political economics and the organizational experiences of those engaged in struggle on the many crucial issues confronting us today.   It will, we hope, contribute to the development of an agenda that can guide all of us … More URPE Brooklyn Conference: Left-Wing Economics in a Right-Wing Political Climate

Sam Gindin on Building a Mass Socialist Party

By Sam Gindin We desperately need a mass socialist party. But the dictum “build it and they will come” won’t get us very far. Such a party has preconditions. It demands grounding in dramatic and sustained uptakes in the level of popular struggles and, above all, the generalization of institutionalized, vibrant bases of working-class support. … More Sam Gindin on Building a Mass Socialist Party