Mark Brenner

Help Us Blow Out the Candles

Hard to believe, but a scrappy rank-and-file magazine and organizing institute, founded in 1979 to bring together leaders from an inspiring string of wildcat strikes and union reform caucuses, turns 33 today.

Labor Notes has grown a lot since then, training thousands of activists at 10 regional Troublemaker Schools last year and publishing a daily stream of unique news and analysis about unions and work, from labor's point of view.

Labor Notes is more than a website and magazine.

The Big Winner in Obama’s Jobs Speech? Small Thinking.

In closing his jobs speech last night, President Obama challenged Congress to imagine where the U.S. would be if their predecessors had balked when asked to think big. Unfortunately for the president, the comparisons he made only served to highlight how puny his jobs proposals are.

Sotheby’s Locks Out Union Art Handlers, Again

Sotheby’s auction house closed its doors Saturday to its 43 unionized art handlers, members of Teamsters Local 814. The lockout is its second in a decade, but this time, the union (now led by a reform slate) is ready.

Education Reform: The Real Deal

Tired of being scapegoats for all the ills of the public schools, 200 teachers from 15 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico were in Chicago July 6 for the National Conference to Fight Back for Public Education.

VIDEO: Taking on FOX News - Are Public Workers the Problem?

As state and city budget battles come to a head everywhere, FOX News is stepping up its steady stream of public sector union-bashing. This week I had a chance to counter with my two cents, laying out who’s responsible for the red ink and what we can do about it.

Guess What, Fox News: Public Workers Didn’t Start this Fire

You know what, Fox News? Public workers didn’t start this fire, but
they’ll be damned if it consumes their communities and leaves
generations of workers in cinders.

I was back on the Faux network Friday to talk about the revolt surging through Wisconsin. The host kept arguing that taxpayers have been bled
dry, repeating Governor Scott Walker’s talking point that the state
has no alternative but to take the hatchet to teachers, nurses,
lifeguards, clerks—all the many unionized public workers.

Audio: Public Workers Face More Upside Down Politics

With state and local governments staring at deep budget gaps, politicians across the spectrum are blaming public sector workers for the river of red ink. “We can no longer live in a society where the public employees are the haves and taxpayers who foot the bills are the have-nots,” crowed Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s newly elected governor, in a recent speech. Forget about the fact that it was out-of-control bankers and greedy CEOs—the real haves in this country—who derailed the economy three years ago.

Video: Who Gives More, Business or Labor?

With the midterm elections a week out, the headlines are all about money in politics. But the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal can't agree on who deserves more scrutiny—business or labor.