Amazon and Starbucks workers have upended the old common sense for how to organize unions. Union leaders need to retool their organizing tactics to fit a moment when workers are leading the way.
Chris Brooks is an organizer from Tennessee and a graduate of the labor studies program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He currently works as a staff writer at Labor Notes.
Many states are racing to reopen their economies, even though the daily number of new confirmed coronavirus cases is holding steady nationwide. Without a comprehensive nationwide plan, if workers go back to their jobs now, we will likely see more cases — and more deaths.
In a new interview, Noam Chomsky gives his thoughts on the coronavirus pandemic, the depravities of capitalism, and the urgent need for a new era of solidarity and labor struggle.
The United Auto Workers has devolved into a stagnant, often corrupt union. It’s in desperate need of a democratic rejuvenation.
In their new contract with automaker Ford, the United Auto Workers agreed to new surveillance measures that could be used to exert greater management control over workers, drilling them on how they spend every second. No union should let the boss play Big Brother this way.
As the GM strike enters its second week, workers are upping the pressure on the company and its scabs — and the costs to GM are mounting.
Almost 50,000 UAW workers are on strike against GM and a two-tier labor system that undermines worker solidarity. But members may need to wage a battle on two fronts — against the company, but also against their own union leadership.
The UAW based its campaign to unionize Volkswagen around the German labor movement’s “social partnership” model. It was the wrong approach — and ended in disaster.
The UAW’s continued defeats in the South are not a reflection of the workers who live there — but the result of anti-union smear campaigns and the union’s shallow organizing approach.
The nurses union-backed Question 1 would have established safe nurse-to-patient staffing ratios in Massachusetts — which is exactly why a hospital lobby group spent more than $30 million against it.
SEIU is looking for a new Silicon Valley-style innovation guru. But TED Talk wisdom is the last thing labor needs.
Leslie Smith is one of the top mixed martial arts fighters in the world. Now, as she explains in an interview with Jacobin, she is working with other fighters to bring the fight to her UFC boss.
Uber has been given free rein to violate basic employment laws with impunity. We have to stop them.
A scrappy New York taxi drivers union is taking on Uber’s exploitative business model — and winning.
In the wake of Janus, some union leaders are looking for a technical fix or a way to partner with the boss. It’s a trap.
Tennessee unions’ recent experiences show that writing off nonmembers rather than winning them over will not make the labor movement any more militant or successful.
If teachers’ unions want to build off the momentum of the recent strikes, they cannot simply return to business as usual.
In the tumultuous 1970s, women and people of color streamed into unions, strikes swept the country — and employers launched a fierce counter-attack.
“Buy American” campaigns have historically done more to intensify xenophobia than improve workers’ conditions.
The union defeat at a South Carolina Boeing plant was devastating, but it wasn’t inevitable. Labor can still organize the South.