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Braceros Organize After One Worker Dies

Picking blueberries on a Washington State farm. Risking deportation, Washington state farmworkers protest dangerous conditions in the fields By David Bacon The American Prospect, 8/8/17 A farmworker’s death in the broiling fields of Washington state has prompted his fellow braceros to put their livelihoods in jeopardy by going on strike, joining a union, being discharged […]

MAY DAY MARCH FOR “UN OTRO MUNDO”

by David Bacon The Progressive / On The Line – 7/21/17 The face of work and poverty in Yakima ranges from a closed mill of the city’s past to the agricultural fields of its present. At the edge of town is the rusting structure of the old Boise Cascade plywood plant, where many of this […]

FIGHTING FOR THE SANCTUARY WORKPLACE

By David Bacon Truthout | Report 6/24/17 Sanctuary churches. Sanctuary schools. Sanctuary cities. Sanctuary workplaces? Albeit far from its intentions, the Trump administration has put the idea of sanctuaries on steroids — spaces free from the threat of raids and deportations. As immigrant workers, unions and their allies look for creative ways to counter anti-immigrant […]

May Day in Yakima – David Bacon

Text and photos by David Bacon What a beautiful day! Que Viva el Primero de Mayo! We are here today in solidarity with people all over this country who have stopped work, who are marching in the streets like we are. And why are we marching? Because last week ICE picked up hundreds of people, […]

Fight for 15 and Black Lives Matter Join Forces on Anniversary of MLK’s Death

Christopher Smith, right, leads chants during a protest for higher wages for fast food workers outside a McDonald’s in Memphis, Tenn., Thursday, April 14, 2016. Forty-nine years after King was assassinated, the left’s organizing vanguards seek to continue his work.  By Justin Miller American Prospect April 4, 2017 – On the April 4, 1968, Reverend […]

Looking at Fractions within the Working Class

By Allison L. Hurst Professor, Oregon State University From the USW Blog March 18, 2017 – This has been a rough year.  After the election, I reposted a few articles on my Facebook wall, as did so many of my friends, about the “working-class vote.”  Did the white working-class just elect Trump?  I didn’t think […]

Successful ‘Labor for Bernie’ Meeting at Labor Notes

By Joshua Koritz Workers’ Movement April 14, 2016 – On April 1, over 100 people packed a room near O’Hare Airport in Chicago in advance of the biennial Labor Notes conference. Reports were shared from union locals across the country – all reflecting the still growing momentum for Bernie Sanders within the labor movement. Though […]

The Average American Worker Earns Less Today Than 40 Years Ago

It’s not just unemployment that matters. Many full-time workers take home less money, after inflation, than in decades.   Because most everything we buy gets more expensive over time, we have to earn more money each year just to maintain our existing standard of living. When we’re not given raises that keep up with this […]

AFL-CIO Leader Tries to Quell pro-Sanders Revolt

The labor federation’s rules don’t allow its state and local leaders to endorse presidential candidates, Richard Trumka says as the Vermont senator surges. By Brian Mahoney POLITICO Magazine July 3, 2010 – Richard Trumka has a message for state and local AFL-CIO leaders tempted to endorse Bernie Sanders: Don’t. In a memo this week to […]

Are Adjunct Professors the New Fast-Food Workers?

By Ana Beatriz Cholo Beyond Chron Feb 12, 2015 – Patti Donze, is a California State University, Dominguez Hills sociology lecturer doing everything right to become a tenured college professor. She has advanced degrees from well-respected universities and is teaching a full load of five classes this semester. But her net income is $2,500 a […]