Communists fighting the color line. Baseball players resisting owners. America’s pastime has a fascinating, untold history of radical struggles against racial injustice and labor exploitation.
Michael Arria is the US correspondent for Mondoweiss. You can follow him on Twitter: @michaelarria.
Major League Baseball is mired in a lockout, as team owners refuse to budge just weeks before Opening Day. It’s a perfect time to look back at when the players revolted against the owners and started their own league: the 1890 Players’ League.
In a landmark memo this week, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that athletes at private colleges are workers with the right to negotiate and unionize. Maybe the tide is finally turning against the NCAA’s feudal-like conditions.
Minor league baseball players make poverty wages and, because they don’t have a union, enjoy little say over their working conditions. A new organization of retired players is trying to change that.
Major League Baseball is threatening to sever ties with scores of minor league teams in an apparent attempt to cut costs. But Bernie Sanders is resisting the plan — and insisting that MLB instead grant minor leaguers a living wage and union representation.
When it comes to the United States’ saber-rattling and waging war around the world, we’ve seen a consistent pattern: Democrats tee up the ball for Trump’s aggression, then express outrage when his administration takes a swing.
More than any other media outlet, MSNBC embodies the politics and sensibility of Trump-era liberalism. But the network that many call the “liberal Fox News” wasn’t always liberal.
Bernie Sanders is using his bully pulpit to take on capitalists that pay poverty wages. His latest target: the Walton family.
Minor league baseball players get paid little and enjoy even fewer labor rights. The only solution is organizing.
There’s a new commissioner, but professional basketball is just as exploitative as ever.