Rutgers AAUP-AFT members marching during their most recent contract dispute. In the foreground, a sign reads "Equal Pay For Equal Work." (Photo courtesy of Rutgers AAUP-AFT) A recent Nature editorial¹ highlighting student mental health struggles across graduate programs in the United States failed to address the crisis for what it is: a symptom of a greater issue. … [Read more...] about A Mental Health Crisis Among Graduate Students: Uncovering the Root Cause
Some may have the impression that Target Workers Unite has been a project of the non-profit corporation known as United For Respect (formerly Organization United for Respect at Walmart or OUR Walmart). We rank and file Target workers issue this statement to clarify the relationship between Target Workers Unite and United For Respect (U4R). Our First Strike Target … [Read more...] about Target Workers Unite: Statement on the ‘United For Respect’ Organization
There’s a dissonance at the heart of the labor movement. On the one hand, contemporary labor unions were built on the back of militant worker struggle. For example, the massive strikes of the 1930s built the backbone of the present-day AFL-CIO. Any particular long-standing union, if you go far enough back in its history, you’ll find strikes that made the union. On the other … [Read more...] about Solidarity Unionism and Dual Carding: A Primer
Photo: Jim West, jimwestphoto.com, cropped from original. We know good organizers when we meet them. They’re accessible. They listen and show respect. They react calmly to all kinds of people, take their time to size up a situation, and engage people on their own terms. They brim with suggestions for action, but they’re open to new ideas. They’re not bossy. They … [Read more...] about Where Do Good Organizers Come From?