Categories & Tags: labor notes

'Employee engagement' no subsitute for a union at VW   |   December 18, 2014
By Alexandra Bradbury, Labor Notes What should we make of the latest twist at the Chattanooga, Tennessee, Volkswagen plant? Management announced in November that it will recognize...

 

Review: How the U.S. economy was built on slavery   |   December 2, 2014
By Timothy Sheard, Labor Notes H. Rap Brown, coordinator for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, infuriated many well-meaning but historically uneducated white citizens...

 

Review: How wildcat strikes made public worker unions grow and thrive   |   November 13, 2014
By Robert Ovetz, Labor Notes Joe Burns' latest book examines the little-known wave of wildcat strikes that swept the U.S. (and the world) during the 1960s and '70s,...

 

Review: Alt-labor or not, it will take rank-and-file power to revive us   |   October 8, 2014
By Eric Dirnbach, Labor Notes Can recent experiments with alternative forms of organizing, such as worker centers and minority strikes, offer a solution to the labor movement'...

 

American Airlines agents overwhelming vote to join union   |   September 22, 2014
By Jenny Brown, Labor Notes After many close votes against unionization, American Airlines passenger service agents scored an overwhelming victory September 16, voting 86 percent...

 

Stop feeding the hand that bites us   |   September 12, 2014
By Alexandra Bradbury, Labor Notes When Volkswagen finally agreed to build its new SUV in Chattanooga, Tennessee politicians crowed over the promise of 2,000 new jobs. Union-...

 

They don't need a majority to get things done   |   September 1, 2014
By Samantha Winslow, Labor Notes Workers at the North Carolina Cummins diesel engine plant won wage increases this summer -- even without having a recognized union or majority...

 

In North Carolina, fast food and Moral Mondays movements build ties   |   August 18, 2014
By Kerry Taylor, Labor Notes It was the rare meeting of Southern workers that struck a note of optimism. More than 150 gathered August 9 for Solidarity City, a day of strategy...

 

Minority union at Volkswagen, for now   |   July 28, 2014
By Alexandra Bradbury, Labor Notes For Volkswagen workers organizing in Tennessee, it's been a roller coaster of a year. In the latest upbeat twist, the United Auto Workers...

 

Labor lessons from Mississippi Freedom Summer   |   July 23, 2014
By Larry Rubin, Labor Notes It's the 50th anniversary of Mississippi Freedom Summer: the 1964 campaign, led by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, to register large...

 

FLOC launches ambitious plans in tobacco fields   |   July 3, 2014
By David Flores, Labor Notes My life as a farmworker began when I was nine years old, working alongside my parents harvesting cucumbers, tomatoes, cherries, and strawberries. This...

 

For inspiration, look to the history of public worker strikes   |   June 19, 2014
By Joe Burns, Labor South Politicians want to turn the clock back 50 years by restricting the bargaining rights of millions of public workers. Unions would do well to look back,...

 

'Labor priests' reviving social justice teachings -- and action   |   June 2, 2014
By Robert Richter, Labor Notes "Labor priests" were a recognized presence in the labor movement of the 1920s through the 1960s. Father Barry, the Karl Malden character...

 

Florida farmworkers score surprise Walmart agreement   |   April 3, 2014
By Jenny Brown, Labor Notes Last year was hard on Walmart's shiny brand. From Bangladeshi garment workers crushed in a building collapse while sewing for the chain, to...

 

Review: Where's the rebellion in '12 Years a Slave'?   |   March 25, 2014
By Marc Norton, Labor Notes "12 Years a Slave," the story of a free black man kidnapped by slave traders, has won an Oscar for Best Picture and a slew of other awards,...

 

Sexual harassment still 'normal' in low-wage jobs   |   March 7, 2014
By Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes Since sexual harassment is about power, not sex, it's not surprising that low-wage women in lousy jobs get a lot of it. The Equal Employment...

 

Tens of thousands in North Carolina vow 'not now, not ever'   |   February 11, 2014
By Ajamu Dillahunt, Labor Notes Tens of thousands of marchers took to the streets of Raleigh, North Carolina, Saturday to show their opposition to the extreme right-wing agenda...

 

Protests across North America aim to block 'NAFTA on steroids'   |   January 29, 2014
By Benjamin Gerritz, Labor Notes Workers across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico will unite in an Inter-Continental Day of Action Friday to stop a massive new trade agreement, the...

 

Kellogg's delivers Memphis a slap in the face   |   January 20, 2014
By Steve Payne, Labor Notes "I went to the 'Gold Palace,' Kellogg headquarters, last year," said Trence Jackson, an officer of BCTGM Local 252G. "They had a...

 

Auto Workers try a new angle at Volkswagen   |   October 29, 2013
 By Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes  The United Auto Workers, so long frustrated in their attempts to organize foreign-owned auto plants in the U.S., may have found a...

 

Viewpoint: AFL-CIO convention repositions unions to speak for all workers   |   October 18, 2013
By Jeff Crosby and Bill Fletcher Jr., Labor Notes The AFL-CIO Convention in September took an important turn to reposition unions toward speaking for all working people in the...

 

Postal workers elect new leaders who pledge to build a movement   |   October 10, 2013
By Alexandra Bradbury, Labor Notes A diverse slate of local leaders pledging to take a firmer hand with management, increase transparency about contract details, collaborate with...

 

'Uh-oh, instead of defeating us they made us defiant'   |   September 24, 2013
By Ajamu Dillahunt, Labor Notes Since April North Carolina has made national and international news with a remarkable social movement that has gathered thousands to protest, with...

 

House of labor needs repairs, not just new roommates   |   September 17, 2013
By Steve Early, Labor Notes As AFL-CIO leaders packed up to leave their Los Angeles convention last Wednesday, they basked in the glow of favorable media coverage. Cribbing from...

 

A hundred arrested protesting Walmart firings   |   September 9, 2013
By Alexandra Bradbury, Labor Notes They didn't strike this time -- but Walmart workers and their allies marched, rallied, danced, blew horns, and took arrests in a...