Samantha Winslow

This Shopping Is No Fun

Whether we like it or not, every December Labor Notes staffers get a firsthand look at how the new state health insurance exchanges are working.

I’ve had four different health plans in about three years here. After our old plan was discontinued with the advent of the Affordable Care Act, we had to switch to an inferior plan, bought through the exchange.

Then, two years in a row, we got a letter announcing a dramatic price hike—by 36 percent in 2015, and 28 percent this year—forcing us to scramble to change plans to keep premiums down.

Locals from both major teacher unions participated in “walk-ins” on February 17 to “reclaim our schools.”

Work, Not Charity

Despite the impulse to self-sacrifice, the best thing teachers can do is stand up for themselves—and their students—against the corporate cost-cutting mindset.

Teachers and parents beat the Koch brothers' campaign money by knocking on 100,000 doors.

Three years after their strike won national headlines, teachers, paraprofessionals, and clinicians are angry over Mayor Rahm Emanuel's new attack.

In Chicago, 12 South Side community activists are on a hunger strike to force the school board to re-open their neighborhood high school.

Teachers have returned to work as they review their tentative agreement. While some were disappointed at the wage increases, they won on other important issues, including evaluations.

On the heels of one-day strikes, Washington's highest court announced it will start charging a penalty of $100,000 a day for illegally underfunding public schools.

Organizing Is the Key to Surviving Friedrichs

A decision that makes the whole public sector “right to work” could be devastating. But public sector workers didn’t always have legal protection to unionize, bargain, or strike. They won those rights—by organizing without them.