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1.  The Amazon Labor Union Victory Shows That Jurisdiction Is Dead  

2022-05-18


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No more arguing over territory or industries—we need multi-union coalitions capable of organizing on a national scale.

2.  Overcoming an Onslaught of Dark Money Attacks, Progressive Summer Lee Declares Victory  

2022-05-19


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The Pennsylvania representative faced down millions of dollars in negative ads from pro-Israel groups and took on the Democratic establishment by running on a bold left agenda.

3.  How the Construction Industry Preys on Workers Newly Released From Prison  

2022-05-17


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They're required to work as a condition of release from prison. Then the construction industry targets them for exploitation.

4.  At Global Covid-19 Summit, Biden's Silence on Pharmaceutical Monopolies Speaks Volumes  

2022-05-12


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The White House appears to have no plans to break Big Pharma's stranglehold on intellectual property for Covid-19 vaccines and treatments.

5.  At Global Covid-19 Summit, Biden's Silence on an Intellectual Property Waiver Speaks Volumes  

2022-05-12


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The White House appears to have no plans to break Big Pharma's stranglehold on global Covid-19 vaccines.

6.  The Rip-Off Economy Will Save Itself. It Won't Save You.  

2022-05-12


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Squandering our national moment of opportunity at capitalism's casino.

7.  “It Tears You Apart Mentally and Physically”: The Health Crisis Afflicting Black Farmers  

2022-05-11


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Farming is a stressful occupation. Black farmers face the additional burdens of racism, debt and fear of displacement.

8.  Rapid Grocery Delivery Service Buyk Accused of Wage Theft by Former Workers  

2022-05-11


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Before the Russian-funded delivery startup collapsed, Buyk sold itself as a way for workers to escape the gig economy. Former workers say it failed to deliver.

9.  The Right Doesn’t Care About Covid Protections Unless It’s to Crack Down on Immigration  

2022-05-10


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Biden is making a long-overdue effort to end a cruel Trump-era immigration policy, and the Right is melting down.

10.  50 Years of Class War in Wisconsin  

2022-05-10


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A conversation with veteran educators and organizers Frank Emspak and Adrienne Pagac about the conditions that paved the way for the Wisconsin Uprising.

11.  The New Labor Movement Is Young, Worker-Led and Winning  

2022-05-09


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From Starbucks and Amazon to political campaigns and digital media, workers in historically unorganized occupations are forming unions—and breathing new life into the U.S. labor movement.

12.  No Half Measures, We Need Biden to Cancel All Student Loan Debt  

2022-05-09


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The Debt Collective has successfully pushed Biden to extend the pause on student loan payments. Now we’re organizing to make the White House cancel all student debt.

13.  One Year Ago, Biden Promised to Support Generic Vaccines for the World. That’s Amounted to Nothing.  

2022-05-05


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A conversation with South African public health advocate Tian Johnson about outrageous global inequalities in access to Covid vaccines, tests and treatments.

14.  Abortion Rights are Workers' Rights  

2022-05-04


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The Supreme Court's plan to strike down reproductive freedom is an attack on workers everywhere. The labor movement should treat it that way—by taking urgent action.

15.  Revisiting 1990s Critical Race Theorists  

2022-05-04


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To understand America, we must listen to what Black scholars have been saying about what it means to be white.

16.  Yes, Protest Can Influence the Supreme Court  

2022-05-03


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Now is the time to mobilize against the Supreme Court's attack on abortion. History shows it works.

17.  Most Price Increases from Inflation Have Gone to Corporate Profits  

2022-05-03


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The inflation panic is causing some Democrats to pivot from social spending to deficit reduction. That's exactly the wrong approach.

18.  New York and California Experiment with Giving Workers a Say in Industry Standards  

2022-05-01


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Less than 3 percent of fast food workers and less than 1 percent of nail salon workers are unionized. Workers' councils could give them a seat at the table.

19.  Amazon Workers Decide Not to Form Union at a Second U.S. Facility—But Organizers Pledge to Fight On  

2022-05-02


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One month after making history by organizing the first U.S. Amazon warehouse, workers voted against forming a union at another facility in New York.

20.  The School Privatization Movement’s Latest Scheme to Undermine Public Education  

2022-04-26


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A wave of bills to install a new form of school vouchers called “education savings accounts” are spreading across the country.

21.  A New Podcast Opens Portals Into Queer History  

2022-04-27


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"Unboxing Queer History" straddles space and time to explore LGBTQ narratives—from lesbian smelt fishing to gay liberation.

22.  How to Jujitsu the Culture Wars  

2022-04-27


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It's time to make Republicans regret that they ever posed as anti-elites.

23.  Where Are All the “Pro-Worker” Republicans Now?  

2022-04-27


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While employees at Amazon and Starbucks win historic unionization campaigns, the “populist” wing of the GOP has been noticeably silent.

24.  How To Stand in Solidarity with Ukraine  

2022-04-28


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The Left has an opportunity to support the people of Ukraine and connect international struggles, without endorsing American militarism.

25.  I’m a Black, Queer Woman Working as an Adjunct Professor—And I’m Going on Strike  

2022-04-28


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My story mirrors the lived conditions of Black and brown folks in academia nationwide. It’s time to demand better pay and conditions on the job.

26.  One Simple Trick to Protect Workers from Inflation  

2022-04-26


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Union contracts could ensure economic stability among the working class amid inflation.

28.  The Gig Economy Needs Worker-Owned Apps  

2022-04-22


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Platform co-ops could cut out the Silicon Valley middlemen

29.  The All-Seeing Eye of Homeland Security  

2022-04-25


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From robot dogs to face recognition to e-shackles, Big Brother is watching migrants.

30.  Truce or Not, Congress Must Urgently Bring About a Real End to the War on Yemen  

2022-04-21


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Congress needs to pass a War Powers Resolution to end U.S. complicity in the chaos and suffering in Yemen.

31.  Speed Grocery Delivery Workers Are in a Dangerous Race  

2022-04-21


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A new industry of venture-capital-backed startups claim their workers are fast. Are they faster than regulations?

32.  Why Nina Turner Is Taking on the Establishment Again  

2022-04-19


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On her second run for Congress, the plainspoken progressive is still calling it as she sees it.

33.  The Troubling Gap Between What’s Offered by Our Social Safety Net and What’s Received  

2022-04-19


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The people most in need often don’t receive public benefits. Here are some ways to fix that.

34.  The Nurses Who Wouldn’t Come in From the Cold  

2022-04-20


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How holding out for the common good led to the longest strike of 2021

35.  The U.S. Spent 7.5 Times More on Nuclear Weapons Than Global Vaccine Donations  

2022-04-20


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Since the pandemic started, the United States has prioritized funding for nuclear arms and the military over global vaccines.

36.  Starbucks Keeps Failing at Union-Busting, While Workers Keep Winning  

2022-04-15


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"After being shut out in four union votes this week, Howard Schultz and Starbucks should be embarrassed and should accept reality: Starbucks workers overwhelmingly want a union."

37.  The GOP-Funded Campaign Trying to Recall SF's Progressive DA Chesa Boudin  

2022-04-18


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A Republican billionaire is behind the effort to oust San Francisco's criminal justice reform-minded District Attorney.

38.  A Hotline Garment Workers Can Call When They Face Harassment on the Job  

2022-04-18


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When women who sew clothes for famous brands are harassed, there is a new place for them to turn.

39.  If You Like the Idea of a 4-Day Workweek, You'll Love the 5-Hour Workday  

2022-04-14


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Some companies are implementing shorter workdays while others are opting for shorter workweeks increasing productivity.

40.  The LGBTQ Rights Group That Helped Launder Amazon’s Image  

2022-04-14


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Human Rights Campaign gave Amazon a perfect score on workplace equality—while Amazon was donating to the organization.

41.  What U.S. Organizers Can Learn From Brazil's Landless Workers Movement  

2022-04-14


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In an interview, Rebecca Tarlau explains that 40 years of struggle by Brazil's landless workers movement offers lessons on engaging the system without being co-opted.

42.  Bad Prison Food Can Cause Health Problems that Linger After Release  

2022-04-12


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Due to unhealthy food, people in prisons and jails experience high rates of diabetes, heart disease, mental health issues and illnesses related to foodborne pathogens.

43.  Amazon Workers Defied Conventional Wisdom—And Won a Union  

2022-04-13


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The Amazon Labor Union broke many of the traditional rules of labor organizing, while making history.

44.  The Weapons Industry Sees the War in Ukraine as a Goldmine  

2022-04-07


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Arms companies are exploiting Russia's invasion to push a military spending frenzy.

45.  The Incredible, Winding Path of a Working-Class Nurse in Wisconsin  

2022-04-07


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A conversation with long-time artist, activist, and registered nurse Susan Simensky Bietila in Milwaukee.

46.  Ketanji Brown Jackson Is Now a Supreme Court Justice—And Progressives Are Thrilled  

2022-04-08


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"At a time when the Supreme Court is preparing to make decisions on reproductive health, climate change, voting rights, and workers' rights, Justice Jackson's perspective has never been more necessary."

47.  Student Loans are a Burden for Black Educators. Cancel Them.  

2022-04-05


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Why the Chicago Teachers Union is demanding that Biden permanently cancel all student debt.

48.  A Former Sundown Town Passed Reparations and Rent Control. Now It's Fighting to Keep Them.  

2022-04-05


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Culver City’s first Black Mayor, Daniel Lee, wants to make California the bastion of progressive politics some imagine it to be.

49.  What Happens After Movement-Backed Politicians Take Office  

2022-04-04


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As the “co-governance” model gains traction, here’s a look into the promises and pitfalls—and how organizers are reimagining electoral politics.

50.  How Workers Used Amazon's Captive Audience Meetings Against the Company  

2022-04-04


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Workers flipped the script on the e-commerce giant by turning anti-union tactics into organizing opportunities.

51.  The Amazon Union Campaign Won By Following the Lead of Workers  

2022-04-04


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Amazon Labor Union shows us an essential ingredient of successful union campaigns: democratic autonomy.

52.  Amid Rolling Blackouts, Energy Workers Fight For Clean Public Power In South Africa  

2022-03-31


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Can South Africa transition from a reliance on coal to clean power while maintaining jobs? The energy workers fighting for a just transition think so.

53.  Under Biden, Private Detention Isn’t Ending—It’s Changing Form  

2022-03-31


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The Biden administration promised to end private prisons. Instead, it has allowed them to be converted into immigration detention facilities.

54.  Striking Workers Say Brooklyn Oil Terminal Is a Safety Disaster Waiting to Happen  

2022-03-29


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United Metro Energy employees out on strike say that management replaced them with workers who weren’t certified to operate the terminal, increasing the risk of an oil spill.

55.  How To Build Fierce and Worker-Centered Unions  

2022-03-29


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A Q&A with an organizer about her new book and on building worker power through resilience.

56.  Why Workers Picketed the Southern Poverty Law Center  

2022-03-30


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Employees and union activists say the civil rights organization mistreats its lowest-paid and most marginalized workers.

57.  The Real Scandal at the Oscars Was When Celebrities Crossed a Picket Line  

2022-03-30


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Forget the Will Smith and Chris Rock altercation—hospitality workers got thrown under the bus when a host of Hollywood elites entered an Oscars night party at a hotel under union boycott.

58.  How Deindustrialization Shaped My Working-Class Family  

2022-03-28


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And why it took my father 40 years to see the ocean

59.  Biden Is Using the Ukraine Crisis to Justify Dangerous Investments in Nuclear Weapons  

2022-03-28


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The president's budget calls for $50.9 billion in nuclear weapons spending.

60.  A New Generation of Palestinian Organizers Has Arisen From the Ashes of the Oslo Accords  

2022-03-29


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From Sheikh Jarrah to Gaza to inside Israeli prisons, Palestinians are increasingly embracing collective resistance.

61.  The Mirror of War  

2022-03-24


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The war in Ukraine pits America's capacity for self-reflection against our love for self-deception.

62.  Republican Attacks on SCOTUS Nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson Show “Total Bankruptcy” of the GOP  

2022-03-25


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Critics say the "childish political theater" is intended to keep the Republican base "in a constant state of frothing-at-the-mouth" so they show up at the ballot box.

63.  Like a Moth to To a Flame, Workers Unite  

2022-03-25


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The Triangle shirtwaist factory fire continues to inspire and motivate current labor movements 111 years later.

64.  Starbucks Workers Are Facing Down One of the Most Intense Union-Busting Campaigns in Decades  

2022-03-21


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Workers at more than 100 Starbucks stores in 27 states have filed union petitions for elections. In response, the company has launched a relentless anti-union effort.

65.  Facts Over Ideology, Peace Over War  

2022-03-21


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Russia is responsible for invading Ukraine, and we have to recognize that.

66.  A More Progressive Response to the Ukraine Crisis  

2022-03-22


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U.S. progressives should condemn Russia’s invasion—and oppose NATO.

67.  For the First Time in History, Public Television Workers in Chicago Are Out on Strike  

2022-03-22


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Technicians for the local PBS affiliate WTTW have walked off the job to make sure their workplace remains a union shop.

68.  In Appalachia, the Mine Cleanup System Has Collapsed  

2022-03-23


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Coal companies are declaring bankruptcy. State regulators are failing to hold them accountable. And residents are left to suffer the environmental fallout from abandoned mines.

69.  Howard University Faculty Win Tentative Agreement Just Hours Before Planned Strike  

2022-03-23


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After nearly four years of bargaining with the university to get their first union contract, lecturers at Howard University narrowly avert a strike at the 11th hour.

70.  With Biden’s Agenda Stalled, Progressives Have a Plan for Executive Actions to Benefit Working People  

2022-03-18


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"Taken together, these actions will have an immediate and meaningful impact on people's lives," said Rep. Pramila Jayapal, chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

71.  Wisconsin's Labor Movement Was Forged in Fire  

2022-03-17


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Scholars Harvey J. Kaye and Jon Shelton talk about the strikes and uprisings that paved the way.

72.  Biden Throws Labor a Bone, When We Need Steak  

2022-03-17


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A White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment suggests stronger laws are needed for fundamental change in labor movement.

73.  New "Compromise" on an IP Waiver for Covid Vaccines Is Worse Than No Deal, Activists Say  

2022-03-16


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A tentative agreement between India, South Africa, the United States and the European Union only waives intellectual property for Covid vaccines (not tests or treatments).

74.  “We Will Win”: For the First Time in 50 Years, Minneapolis Teachers Are Out on Strike  

2022-03-14


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In an interview, one striking teacher explains how community support is providing energy and optimism on the picket line.

75.  St. Louis’s Movement-Backed Mayor Promised to Close an Infamous Jail. What’s the Hold Up?  

2022-03-16


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St. Louis’ mayor promised to empty the city’s most infamous jail within the first 100 days of her tenure. Activists and constituents are wondering why it isn’t fully closed yet.

76.  “Solidarity Is How We Win”: After Years of Fighting Toxic Scrapyard, Activists Celebrate a Victory in Chicago  

2022-03-10


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By protesting and going out on hunger strike, environmental justice advocates helped stop a controversial metal scrapper from being built on Chicago’s Southeast Side.

77.  This Is How Starbucks Workers Won a Union in Mesa, Arizona  

2022-03-10


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Starbucks Workers United is now three for four in union elections held so far—and more are on the way.

78.  Democrats Quietly Cut $5 Billion in Global Covid Aid—With Biden Already Behind on Vaccine Donations  

2022-03-10


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The Biden administration would actually have to increase its donations 50% to meet its pledges.

79.  “Don’t Work” and Other Lessons From the Marxist Feminism of Meridel Le Sueur  

2022-03-08


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The radical fiction of this Depression-era writer is painfully relevant to the present.