Lauren Windsor: With such a large contingent of teachers off the job, they could show up at airports en masse to protest the shutdown in solidarity with TSA agents and air traffic controllers, creating space for those workers to join them.
Regina Freer: Fighting against workplace discrimination starts with our own cities stepping up to better protect workers from civil rights violations. But to do this, our cities must be given the authority to do so.
Berry Craig: From late August to early September, 1921, 7,000 to 20,000 UMWA coal miners fought to shove 2,500 to 3,500 anti-union lawmen and volunteers off the mountain.
Jessica Goodheart: A Los Angeles-based program—the only one like it for janitors in the country—has helped align janitorial staffs with the sustainability goals of office building owners.
Berry Craig: Republicans, for the umpteenth time, are fishing for union votes with the social issues bait. They’ve been at for almost 40 years.
Leonard Isenberg: What if the strike doesn’t work and LAUSD winds up using it to break the union, so that it can start hiring “teachers” fresh out of college, loaded with debt, and desperate for work at $35,000 a year?
Berry Craig: A contingent of Local 184 members escorted the truck-pulled giant John as it rolled up Broadway. Hanging next to the commode was a scaled-to-size paper towel roll.
Richard Greeman: Despite Donald Trump’s far-right, anti-labor crony-capitalist reign, an unforeseen wave of militant, self-organized teachers’ strikes began spreading from one conservative state to another.
WJ Astore: The so-called Democratic Socialists are not advocating nationalization of industry; they’re basically New Deal Democrats in the tradition of FDR.
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.
Berry Craig: Unions hope the voters elect enough pro-union Democrats to significantly reduce the anti-labor GOP bulge in both Missouri houses.
Berry Craig: A “yes” vote would have sustained RTW. But the ballot measure lost by a whopping 67.5 to 32.5 percent. Ninety-nine of Missouri’s 114 counties—89 percent voted “no.”
Bill Blum: While the Janus ruling doesn’t affect private-sector unions, it will have a potentially devastating impact in the public sphere by encouraging more government employees to become “free riders” in terms of union representation.