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Why the Labor Movement Has Failed - And How to Fix It

Sarita Gupta, Stephen Lerner and Joseph A McCartin Boston Review
Traditional worker organizing has failed on every level. But??new approaches are finding success, pointing the way to a more just future. This essay will be featured in a Boston Review forum - check back to read the responses.

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California Teachers on the March: An Interview with Joel Jordan

Johanna Brenner Solidarity
Joel Jordan is a retired teacher activist who spent many years organizing with the Los Angeles teachers’ union (UTLA) before relocating to Oakland where he helps coordinate the California Alliance for Community Schools.

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'Roll Up Your Sleeves': At a Dark Time for U.S. Unions, This Woman Sees Hope

Mike Elk The Guardian
“If you look at the strongest unions today, they are our public sector education unions and these are unions that by and large are made up of women with women leaders,” says Lily Eskelsen García, the National Education Association president. “We aren’t not sitting by and accepting the status quo.”

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What’s Behind the Teachers’ Strikes

Ellen David Friedman Dollars and Sense
To understand the insurgency, we need to look at economics, and at political economy specifically. But we especially need a labor-movement analysis.

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The Larger Concerns Behind the Teachers' Strikes

Alia Wong The Atlantic
For educators in Oklahoma and other states, the strike demands go far beyond better pay. The strike gets at the heart of some of the biggest issues facing America’s children: access to  effective teachers, high-quality learning materials, and modern facilities. 
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