Hot on the heels of similar victories in Oklahoma and West Virginia, striking teachers in Kentucky celebrated last week’s override of Governor Matt Bevin’s veto of legislation that would provide more funding for Kentucky public schools. As a result, Kentucky will now enact 50-cent hike in cigarette taxes and a 6 percent sales tax on […]
An engaging collection of riveting stories about working people in United States history fighting back in the darkest times. Class War, USA is a rich collection of stories about ordinary people who resisted oppression and exploitation against all odds. Brandon Weber’s succinct and vivid essays capture crucial moments of struggle when working-class people built movements of […]
One of the great challenges facing workers’ movements is how fast the capitalist-fueled world changes. The monied class, it seems, is always one step ahead. Try to unionize grocery store workers, and they get replaced by self-checkout machines. Try to pool workers’ money for political action, and your state legislature enacts right-to-work. In his new […]
Richard March grew up a “red diaper baby” in a family committed to union organizing and civil rights. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in Folklore from Indiana University and had a thirty-year career in public folklore as a musician, radio producer, and Wisconsin’s state folklorist. His recent book, A Great Vision: A Militant Family’s Journey Through the 20th […]
The Madison Labor History Film Series begins this week and is free for the public. The series aims to make labor history available to a wide spectrum of citizens, with the hope that broad exposure to the subject field may entice people to research further. With Gov. Walker’s current suppression of the public sector labor […]
Jan Miyasaki talks with Tom Lewandowski, Executive Director of the Workers Project and author of “ In GOP Country, a Small Labor Organization Offers a Model for Fighting Trumpism” in the November 4th edition of The Nation, about labor organizing, minority-status organizing, and Donald Trump’s pick of Andy Puzder for Labor Secretary.