Jane Slaughter

Review: Behind China's Wildcat Strike Wave

Eli Friedman's new book Insurgency Trap: Labor Politics in Postsocialist China shows why the rising wave of protests sometimes wins concrete gains, but stops short of forming lasting organizations that could alter the balance of power.

After an attack by a patient, a nurse is in a coma and not expected to recover. “It’s an exaggerated version of what happens every day...Our members are so livid at management’s callousness.”

“My first reaction was ‘oh no, not again,’” said Mark Esters, an organizer for the Communications Workers in the St. Louis area. “And trying to take it all in. And then, what should our response be? The answer was collective action."

Illinois Workers Stop Moving

Managers at Golan’s Moving & Storage in Skokie, Illinois, thought they had a surefire strategy to beat the Teamsters in negotiations for a first contract. But the plan backfired.

Book Review: Hardhats, Hippies, and Hawks

Investigating the myth of the pro-war hardhat, author Penny Lewis asks, "Who caused the greatest disruption to the US capacity to fight in Vietnam?” and makes the case that “working people were at the forefront.”

Detroiters March Against Water Shut-Offs

A thousand Detroiters and supporters marched through downtown to say “Turn On the Water!” The city has been sending shut-off trucks to the houses of those behind on their water bills, turning off the taps at 3,000 houses a week.

Trying to convince your co-workers that things can change? Labor Notes can help you show them that people no different from themselves have organized a union, or taken back their union, or put the boss in his place.

We troublemakers keep hoping for the spark that will set a wildfire of workers in motion, like in 1937. But that takes legions of skilled, far-sighted activists. Unions' job is to train them up—through everyday struggles in the workplace.

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