Steve Early: Debates may be a familiar part of campaigning for public office. But, within a supposedly democratic labor movement, they are fairly rare.
Steve Early: Members of two AFL-CIO affiliates currently in the throes of organizational embarrassment have good reason to fear that the effectiveness of their national unions has been adversely affected.
Steve Early: To avoid being bypassed again, some union activists are demanding a bigger say in 2020 presidential primary endorsements.
Steve Early: In the U.S., would-be “fearless cities” find themselves on the front-lines of resistance to Trump and faced with bi-partisan efforts to limit progressive policy making through state “preemption.”
Steve Early: Unfortunately, going to war—or even just training for it—can be a life-changing experience in ways never mentioned by military recruiters with a quota to fill.
Steve Early: It’s likely that many Guild loyalists—if they are eligible to vote—will be casting their ballots based on how they think the union is faring against powerful employers in a rapidly changing industry.
Steve Early: Yates newest work, Can The Working Class Change the World? examines not just the role of U.S. workers in struggles for protective legislation and more comprehensive social programs.
Steve Early: Too many local union and central labor council officials, who are key endorsement decision-makers, don’t seem to have gotten the memo from the national AFL-CIO about backing real labor candidates.
Steve Early: As good organizers know, devising better ways for members of a group to meet, interact and accomplish more together is a key part of their job.
Steve Early: Blue-collar Richmond was once notorious, in the Bay Area, for its street crime, gun violence, poverty, and pollution. During Gayle McLaughlin’s two terms as mayor, the city acquired a far different reputation—for battling Big Oil, Big Soda, Big Banks, and the landlord lobby.
Steve Early: Despite the presence of rank-and-file teachers and nurses, and the Steelworker union background of TRAA rally chair Steve Goldsmith, the wing of refinery labor most committed to blue-green alliance building was MIA last Saturday.