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

Call For Papers: The Poverty of Academia – Exploring the Realities of Working Class Academics

The Journal of Working-Class Studies Special Issue, December 2017: The Poverty of Academia: Exploring the (Intersectional) Realities of Working Class Academics Educational attainment is often framed as positive, having the liberatory potential to free the socio-economically marginalized from their constraints. There is little if ever any mention of the unchained slavery of debt and low wages … More Call For Papers: The Poverty of Academia – Exploring the Realities of Working Class Academics

Globalization and the End of the Labor Aristocracy

By Jayati Ghosh, Twenty-first century imperialism has changed its form. In the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, it was explicitly related to colonial control; in the second half of the 20th century it relied on a combination of geopolitical and economic control deriving also from the clear dominance of the … More Globalization and the End of the Labor Aristocracy

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

EPI: Low-wage African American workers have increased annual work hours most since 1979

by Valerie Wilson & Janelle Jones Over the last several decades, black workers have been offering more to the economy and the labor market to incredibly disappointing results in pay and unemployment. Some have argued that the disparity in wages between blacks and white is the result of white workers working longer and harder than … More EPI: Low-wage African American workers have increased annual work hours most since 1979