Rapid job growth and increased worker bargaining power are very good—there’s a whole lot more progressive policy that could be done.
Protesting understaffing and low pay, Minnesota nurses are out on the picket line in a “fight for our very profession.”
Ten years ago, Chicago teachers modeled what a militant fight for public education looks like by walking off the job. A decade later, the legacy of social justice unionism continues to animate the U.S. labor movement.
"Democrats can't be the party of democracy in one breath and then let an astronomical sum of money from Republican megadonors and corporate interests flood Democratic primaries."
The surge in U.S. labor organizing now includes minor league baseball players, who are agitating for higher pay and better protections on and off the field.
Criminal justice reform advocates in Los Angeles have amassed some impressive victories—laying out a model for reducing incarceration and providing care.
Often cast as villains in the Northwest’s environmental battles, timber workers have a connection to the forest that goes far beyond jobs.
In 1999, Barbara Ehrenreich reflected on how the widening of the wealth gap thwarted the original goals of the feminist movement.
It's time for parent unions to think creatively about new organizing.
While posturing as defenders of working people, over a dozen GOP Attorneys General are seeking to undo wage increases for workers on federal contracts.
Package deliverers and mail carriers aren’t just suffering from capitalist-induced climate change. They’re also often forced to work in vehicles without air conditioning.
To commemorate Labor Day, Starbucks workers are planning actions at stores around the country—part of the growing campaign to organize the coffee chain.
Tensions between right-wing populists and free-marketers have been bubbling up since the 1970s. Will the populists of today exploit this to their political advantage?
From displacement to destroyed homes and crops, extreme flooding is having a catastrophic impact on Pakistanis.
The former Soviet leader clung to a vision of globalization that let corporate power run amok.
Workers at a unionized Starbucks store in South Carolina call the allegations “ridiculous” and are continuing to organize for justice on the job.
The critics are wrong—cancelling student debt will actually help ease inflation and benefit working-class borrowers.
Chicago Public Schools targeted two teachers involved in a campaign to stop the relocation of a dirty General Iron metal shredder to Chicago’s Southeast Side. The union and the community fought back.
The Biden administration has recognized that removing dams is an issue of tribal justice and the only way to save endangered salmon.
Rather than building mass movements, talented organizers get funneled into staff and admin jobs just to keep the charity running.
A landmark legal victory opens the door to direct action.
As Alabama miners fight for their rights, Democratic leaders are largely absent.
One St. Petersburg woman's struggle to survive the crushing weight of housing inequality.
A simple shift in perspective can eradicate our taste for austerity.
After President Biden’s signing of a “historic” climate bill, environmental organizers have plenty of work ahead to undo the IRA’s worst provisions while keeping fossil fuels in the ground.
As a national rail shutdown over mounting labor disputes looms in the US, it’s worth asking how we got here from the folks who know best—the workers themselves.
A veteran of the New Left's turn to the factories tells his story.
UPS workers say the company is not doing enough to protect employees from scorching temperatures.
The outbreak of monkeypox shows that workers need protections like paid leave and just cause to help protect public health.
While the company denies the closure is related to union activity, it fits a larger pattern of union-busting efforts at other franchises like Starbucks and Heine Brothers’ Coffee.
A Palestinian asks how many deaths will be enough
Reviving Keystone XL wouldn’t lower gasoline prices but it would increase carbon emissions, environmental destruction and toxic pollution.
Workers at the coffee chain have joined fellow baristas at Starbucks and Colectivo in unionizing their workplaces.
The engineering degree to defense industry pipeline.
While Trump claims the search was an "assault" orchestrated by forces seeking to stop him from running for president, in reality the Justice Department is just carrying out an investigation into potential crimes.
For the past decade, organized labor has gotten richer even as it watched its membership decline.
Those who claim to be “pro-life” should also advocate for a healthcare system that guarantees support for Black mothers and babies most at-risk due to the overturning of Roe.
A Canadian company planned to mine silver nearby, so town residents used Maine's “home rule” powers to ban industrial mining and protect their water.
There was a saying among the mothers: “We’re there for every mother’s son.”
Managers are wielding a new weapon against unions: gender-affirming healthcare
At the recent UAW convention, workers won increased strike pay that starts on day one.
The plan will only further entrench the reasons people leave.
Democrats’ new reconciliation deal is far from what progressives wanted. But it could still curb climate change, advance fairness in the U.S. tax system—and boost the party’s chances in the midterms.
Many Yellowstone workers depend on their bosses for a place to live. When the flood washed away their jobs, they lost their housing, too.
A new wave of attacks on queer and trans rights is here. The Working People podcast asks veteran LGBTQ+ labor organizers how workers can fight back.
When every branch of our government is corrupt to the core, where do we go from here?
As a staff writer for In These Times from its birth in 1976, Moberg secured a unique position for himself in the small band of the nation’s labor writers.
Republicans and the Supreme Court are peeling away voting rights and undermining representative government. Grassroots organizing is the only way to preserve U.S. democracy.
It's time to talk about public ownership.
After their bosses responded to last month’s 40,000-strong rail workers’ strike with a “paltry” contract offer, the National Union of Rail, Maritime, and Transport Workers are gearing up for another day of strike action on Wednesday, July 27.
After Biden appointed an emergency board to help resolve the labor dispute, rail workers warn: “We have the ability to stop the trains from moving.”
Don’t blame progressives for Biden’s failures. It’s the party’s right flank that abandoned the working class.
Private prisons for immigrants rake in millions a year by paying pennies an hour.
The symbolism of Biden's Middle East trip is bad. But the president's actions might be even worse.
David Moberg spent his long, illustrious career covering the labor movement from the perspective of workers.
"Dad—I see no way out—I agree with your decision—I fear only that without you the world may not make it to Communism." An excerpt from a letter found on the body of Jim Jones.
A whopping 4,000 union workers and activists attended the Labor Notes conference in Chicago this year to share strategies and report on the status of the rising labor movement.
The Amazon Labor Union victory at the JFK8 warehouse on Staten Island was historic. But right now, as we speak, Amazon is currently in court trying to throw out the results of that election, and pro-union workers keep getting fired.
The pandemic and staffing crisis have left healthcare workers with invisible wounds.
Reforms to curb predatory private probation haven’t worked.
The coffee chain has announced it’s closing 16 stores, including some that have recently unionized. Workers say it’s coercion against labor organizing.
The right wing is starving the government of its ability to guarantee worker rights. Will we let them get away with it?
Work requirements don’t actually increase employment or reduce poverty. But Republicans and conservative Democrats are pushing them anyway.
The conventional medicine for fighting inflation is to make workers pay. And that is what the Federal Reserve, with Joe Biden’s approval, is planning to do.
Shirin Neshat explores how the government invades our dreams
In Red Valkyries Kristen Ghodsee interrogates the false promise of liberal feminism.
The Supreme Court is gutting an agency that has a measurable history of saving lives.
The MPP ruling will bring immediate relief for migrants stuck in Mexico, but doesn't signal anything humane about the court.
Trump and his allies attempted to overturn democracy—and they’re likely to do it again. The Left should lead the charge to stop that effort.
When reality changes, only fools don't change with it.
The Fed’s plan to curb inflation rests on punishing working people—when they’re the ones in need of relief.
How industrial unionism laid the groundwork for today’s anti-racist struggles.
The pandemic has created an opportunity for new movements in industries that haven’t organized before—movements also led by women.
Medical residents and interns in LA County have kept their hospitals running while making minimum wage and struggling to pay rent. Then they overwhelmingly voted to strike and won big.
The rich control our party-system and our morals.
Socialist feminists don’t want “choice”—we demand full abortion rights for all, without exception.
In Tuesday’s Democratic primaries, left-wing challengers in Illinois made history, while in New York, progressive incumbents held onto their seats.
The pandemic and the inflation panic have been a boon to dollar stores, which are spreading rapidly throughout low-income areas and “food deserts,” but dollar store employees are being left behind. That’s why workers and community members are organizing.
The recent election in Colombia has produced new hope for the country—and for the whole region.
Greater civic engagement will depend on enfranchising young voters
Some companies say they will cover abortion travel. Here's what's wrong with relying on their benevolence.
A message from the new Publisher
A farewell message from longtime Editor & Publisher Joel Bleifuss
Across years and several southern states, these organizers have helped drive the massive gas pipeline to the brink of defeat.
After key bills on climate and housing stalled in the legislature, left-wing organizers are working to topple Democratic incumbents and build a united front in Albany.
Immigrant farmworkers in the U.S. often live in food deserts without access to the fruits and vegetables they spend their days harvesting.
Daniel Defense, the company that made the gun used by the Robb Elementary shooter, has been handed over 100 federal contracts.
A conversation with Tevita 'Uhatafe, a rank-and-file member of the Transport Workers Union Local 513 in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Workers are pushing for the grocery store chain’s first union.
While Illinois phases out coal, clean energy jobs hold promise—both for displaced coal workers, and those harmed by the fossil fuel economy.
The private Blue School in New York teaches labor history. Its teachers just walked off the job.
If our tax dollars are furnishing the weapons that kill journalists and other innocents, that’s not just an international crime—it’s against U.S. law, too
California utility company PG&E settles but victims are still to see the full payout
These Starbucks workers were the first to unionize—but labor law went unenforced during their elections.
A single call from an anonymous tipster is all it takes for the government to take children from their families
The climate movement is stepping up pressure on banks to stop the flow of cash to the oil and gas industry.
Against all odds, Amazon workers in New York organized a successful union against one of the biggest companies in the world. Here's how.
Abortion rights are economic rights.
The miniseries stars Rosario Dawson in a depoliticized dystopia
Abortion bans force people to endure often harrowing experiences, and even risk their lives.