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

Henry Heller & Radhika Desai on the UMFA strike settlement at U of Manitoba

By Henry Heller, Radhika Desai As one of us wrote in these pages a few weeks ago, the recent University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA) strike stood to win historically significant gains in the ongoing battle against the commodification and corporatization of education. Sensing this, faculty unions across the country and around the world were watching … More Henry Heller & Radhika Desai on the UMFA strike settlement at U of Manitoba

The U.S. Working Class Has a Radical History

Sharon Smith, Haymarket Books author of Subterranean Fire: A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States and Women and Socialism: Class, Race and Capital, urged a new generation of radicals and socialists to rediscover the radical history of the U.S. working class: “The history of the socialist movement and the class struggle in the U.S. … More The U.S. Working Class Has a Radical History

Radhika Desai on University of Manitoba Strike

By Radhika Desai, As I walk the picket lines with my colleagues, still strongly supporting the strike in its second week with no sign of a resolution, our stakes are very concrete: increased workloads, performance indicators, and arbitrary management decisions affecting job security, tenure, academic freedom, and collegial governance. At the same time, as a … More Radhika Desai on University of Manitoba Strike

‘Soul of the university’ on the line with U of M strike

While teachers continue to walk the picket line, a professor in the Department of Philosophy says the “soul of the university” is on the line. Arthur Schafer, who is also the founding director of the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics, said the strike is all tied to a shift in culture at the University … More ‘Soul of the university’ on the line with U of M strike

Save the UMass Amherst Labor Center: Sign the Petition!

In the past year, UMass administrators have eliminated all funding for graduate students (including teaching and research assistantships) and all funding for part-time faculty who have taught the required curriculum for many years.  They have made efforts to take governance of the program out of the hands of Labor Center faculty, effectively eliminated the Center’s professional … More Save the UMass Amherst Labor Center: Sign the Petition!

UMass-Amherst preparing to abolish Labor Center

From Michael D. Yates: This letter is from Eve Weinbaum, Director of the Labor Center at UMass-Amherst. She writes about the abominable efforts of the university administration to get rid of the Labor Center and its despicable treatment of her. Eve is an outstanding champion of workers, at her own university and across the country. … More UMass-Amherst preparing to abolish Labor Center