Category: Labor

The 2023 Rutgers Wall-to-Wall Strike

Taking the Class Struggle in Higher Education to a New Level

Lessons from the historic and broad-based Rutgers strike.

The New U.S. Labor Movement

The labor movement in the United States is passing through a transition from the stagnation of the period from 1980-2010 to a new period of dynamic change in industrial decentralization, new technologies, work, organization, union activism, and the enormous and enveloping issue of climate chan

The Article on Ukraine that DSA Suppressed

Notes from Kyiv: Which side are we on?

You cannot understand the war in Ukraine without knowing its history.

How GM Destroyed Poletown

The story of the construction of the Poletown plant is illustrative of the collaboration between big business and government, the failures of business unionism, and the shortcomings of liberals and the Communist Party

Searching for the American Worker

Kevin Van Meter discusses the 1947 pamphlet “the American Worker,” its international impact and the significance of workers’ inquiry.

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In Search of Worker Strategy

Seams, Chokepoints, and Organization

Kim Moody reviews John Womack Jr.’s book “Labor Power and Strategy” and responses to his contributions, focused on the significance of workers’ positional power in labor struggles.

Review: Socialism in Yiddish

Socialism in Yiddish: The Jewish Labor Bund in Sweden
by Hakkan Blomqvist
Translated by Blomqvist and Glasser
(Stockholm, Sodertons University, 2021)

The Jewish Labor Bund in Stockholm, Sweden, marching with the Swedish Social-Democrats on the First of May 1946
 
If one knows anything . . .

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Book Review Essay: Mexico, Transnational and World Revolution

While I admire the political values of these two scholars, I don’t find either of these books satisfying because they like many other authors perpetuate the romantic view of Ricardo Flores Magón.

Staughton Lynd and the Labor Movement

Introduction by Dan La Botz

Staughton Lynd looks at Stan Weir’s strategy for labor and Dan La Botz looks at Lynd.

We Should Demand Democratic Workplaces, But What Does That Mean?

As we build collective power with coworkers, negotiate with management, and make demands of employers, workplace democracy is a way of talking about having a say. But what does that mean?

Mike Davis (1946-2022): Miscellaneous Encounters with “A Real Marxist”

Mike Davis, the revolutionary socialist social and culture critic, has died. 

Stand Firm ILWU with Ukraine

An open letter from union members to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union calling on it to maintain its opposition to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Two Sixties’ Radicals Recall Fighting Times in U.S. Labor

A review of Fighting Times: Organizing on the Front Lines of the Class War (PM Press, 2022) by Jon Melrod and Troublemaker: Saying No to Power by Frank Emspak (available at Amazon books).

Unions Strive to Keep Ukraine’s Mines Running, Protect Civilians and Appeal for Solidarity

The NGPU and our leading organizations consider Russia’s attack to be a cynical attempt by the Russian regime to destroy Ukraine and its people.

Ukraine Labor Law Reform Campaign

It is with dismay that we learn—right in the middle of their life-and-death struggle—that Ukraine’s working people have come under attack on a second front: laws attacking their labor rights and working conditions have been passing through the Ukrainian parliament.

UFT Contract Negotiations Could Be Contentious

Contract talks for New York City teachers come at a challenging time

The Necessity of Organizing DSA Members as Workers

Lastly, the synthesis of skills, experience, and political perspective required in the labor movement, and thereby in DSA’s labor work, are all ultimately based on the experience of organizing in the workplace and in the union.

Report: International conference of European Solidarity with Ukraine

Report by an international delegate to a solidarity conference with Ukraine

Voting Ends Soon in UFT Elections: A Referendum on Leadership the Past Two Years

Unity Caucus Logo

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the largest teachers’ union local in the country consistently left members unsafe, confused, ill, and even dead.

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Engaging Federici on Marx, Capitalism, and Social Reproduction

The collection of essays delivers a relatively cohesive critique of Marx’s ideas and influence—one that is, to my mind, balanced if not always fair. 

Education Reforms and Capitalism’s Changes to Work

Lessons for the Left

Weiner discusses education reform and prospects for resistance in recent years.

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