Labor

Sex Workers Are Organizing, and Voters Are With Them

February 10, 2020

Grassroots organizing is giving the movement to decriminalize sex work unexpected traction this election cycle. Focus on specific policies instead of data helped show the real level of support for what’s been called a nationally divisive issue.

200,000 Canadian Teachers Strike to Defend Public Education

January 24, 2020

Ontario teachers have joined the front lines in the worldwide battle against austerity. Public school workers organized rolling strikes against the conservative provincial government’s budget and job cuts.

Toronto Uber Drivers First in Canada to Hold Union Vote

January 17, 2020

After Uber refused to hear their concerns about income and conditions, Uber drivers held a union certification vote. If allowed, the move could be a watershed moment for Canadian gig economy workers.

Women Outnumber Men in the US Workforce–What Does it Mean?

January 16, 2020

Katherine Moos discusses December’s employment data, which shows that for the second time in history women outnumber men in the U.S. workforce. The first time was during the Great Depression. Women still earn less than men, so by hiring more women employers are saving on payroll expenses.

Microsoft’s Reduced Workweek Increased Productivity by 40%

November 6, 2019

Microsoft’s Japan office reduced its workweek to four days for a full month, and productivity jumped by 40%. Why isn’t it implemented everywhere? Richard Wolff explains why we’ve worked five days a week since the 1940s.

The Autoworker Strike Is Over. Did GM Just Win?

November 4, 2019

After five weeks on strike, a majority of UAW members voted for a contract that retains the tiered workforce they fought against–but that doesn’t mean the struggle is over.

Chicago School Support Staff Win Deal to End Strike

October 29, 2019

The Chicago teachers strike has entered its ninth day. Support staff won’t cross picket lines even after reaching a deal to end their strike, says Jeffrey Howard, Executive Vice President at SEIU Local 73.

Union Organizer Takes On Neoliberal Fearmongering and Wins

October 28, 2019

Efforts to fight low wages and win health insurance for employees of a tax break-subsidized luxury hotel show how the mainstream media cultivates a false narrative that living wages are unaffordable.

Chicago Teachers Strike for Children’s Services and Affordable Housing

October 18, 2019

Teachers in Chicago aren’t just committed to fighting for higher wages. They say the city has the money to support its students and teachers outside of the classroom.

UAW workers on strike

UAW and GM Reach a Deal, But Will Autoworkers Support It?

October 18, 2019

Two former autoworker leaders examine how the militancy of rank and file union membership carried the current strike, how it could transform unions, and how this speaks to the larger struggle with capitalism.