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Remembering Mark Levitan: Comrade and Dear Friend

Michael Hirsch New Politics
What could a labor radical with a doctorate in Marxian economics accomplish in the neoliberal “stop and frisk,” Bloomberg administration? The answer: reform policies he advocated, recalibrating poverty to the benefit of the poor, remain policy today.

The Left Needs to Engage Members if We Want to Win Big

Marybeth Seitz-Brown The Forge
Too often, leaders magnify the voices of a very small group of members... This reality reflects significant weaknesses in unions and their organizing practices, and illustrates how shallow and limited our understanding of democracy is.

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Opening the Door to a More Democratic UAW

Nelson Lichtenstein Labor Notes
More important, the agreement calls for a vote of all 400,000 members to decide whether they want direct election of top leaders.

The Teamster Revolt Against the Hoffa Era

David Levin Jacobin
After years of givebacks and autocratic leadership under James Hoffa Jr, the power of the Teamsters has withered. Rank-and-file activists are mobilizing against contract concessions, taking over locals and building a coalition to transform the union.

The Ghost of Jimmy Hoffa Won’t Go Away

Steve Early Jacobin
Martin Scorsese’s new film The Irishman continues Hollywood’s obsession with the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa. We’re more concerned with what happened to Teamster working conditions under his son, James P. Hoffa.

Ed Sadlowski: September 10, 1938- June 10, 2018

Ruth Needleman Portside
Ed Sadlowski was the leader of Fight Back in Steel, a rank-and-file movement that challenged an entrenched union leadership in the 1970s. Although narrowly defeated, the caucus was a model of grassroots democracy and helped change the USWA.

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Beyond Optics, Towards Politics: A Report Back From CLC Convention

Joel Harden Rank and File.ca
Thanks to grassroots organizing, the CLC, for the first time, took a clear position of solidarity with a Palestinian-led human rights campaign. The convention also showed progress on Indigenous rights, racism, queer or trans rights, mental health, and environmental justice. The potential of that progress, however, is limited by a "business-as-usual" approach by too many union leaders. What matters now is how union members act on the progress made.

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AFL-CIO Delays CA Hospital Vote: What Happened to Employee Free Choice?

Steve Early Beyond Chron
When workers feel collectively trapped in poorly performing unions that do not properly represent them, the most union-minded among them often believe that changing unions is their only hope. If switching to another union is not a viable option because of AFL rules or incumbent union manipulation of Labor Board procedures, the result will be more workplace anger, frustration, and resentment.
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