by David L. Wilson On April 9, 1870, Karl Marx wrote a long letter to Sigfrid Meyer and August Vogt, two of his collaborators in the United States. In it Marx touched on a number of subjects, but his main focus was the “Irish question,” including the effects of Irish immigration in England. This discussion … More Marx on Immigration Workers, Wages, and Legal Status
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
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
by Nancy Folbre & Kristin Smith From the abstract: The uneven bargaining power of both firms and workers may be contributing to increased earnings inequality in the U.S. Econometric analysis of earnings from the 2015 Current Population Survey shows that the earnings of managers and professionals employed in care industries (health, education, and social services), … More Nancy Folbre & Kristin Smith on The Wages of Care: Bargaining Power, Earnings & Inequality
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
The Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) Program Committee seeks paper and session proposals offering original and high-quality research related to the theme, Robust Labor Markets and Employment Relationships: Policy and Research* for its *2018 Winter Meeting in Philadelphia, Jan. 5-7, 2019 (Fri, Sat, Sun) held in conjunction with the Allied Social Sciences Association (ASSA). … More Call For Papers: The Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA)
by Scott Ferguson, James Livingston has responded to my critique of his Aeon essay, “Fuck Work.” His response was published in the Spanish magazine Contexto y Accion. One can find an English translation here. What follows is my reply: Livingston and I share many political aims. We each wish to reverse wealth polarization, to alleviate systemic … More re: F@ck Work?
Edited by Fred Leplat and Alex de Jong. From Merlin Press: Was October 1917 a coup d’état or a social revolution? Writing as both a historian and political activist, Ernest Mandel sets out to analyse the events and vigorously reasserts the deep legitimacy of the Russian Revolution. He considers the gains of the revolution, discusses … More New Book: October 1917 – Workers in Power
By Mathew Forstater Not many folks remember that the 1963 “March on Washington” was officially named the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.” This detail often gets lost amid the important celebration of the general achievement and highlights such as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” oration. Indeed, the … More “JOBS FOR ALL”: Another Dream of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Working-Class Studies Association is pleased to announce The Journal of Working-Class Studies. JWCS is an online, open-access, interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that brings together the work of scholars, writers, artists and activists who are committed to the study and representation of working-class life. We aim to publish writing about the global working class – a … More New Journal of Working-Class Studies