Working In These Times

Friday, Nov 15, 2019, 1:50 pm  ·  By Eli Day

The Strike at McDonald’s Is About More Than Fighting Abuse—It’s About Workplace Democracy

Striking McDonald’s workers in Detroit are fighting for more “power in the workplace,” says Rashida Tlaib. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)  

On Tuesday, over 1,000 people gathered for a strike action at a McDonald's location on Detroit’s East Side. The workers, who were fighting for basic workplace dignity, a fair wage and a union, showed that they’re ready to raise hell in the face of injustice by standing together.  


Friday, Nov 15, 2019, 1:06 pm  ·  By Gin Armstrong and Derek Seidman

Arkansas Teachers Went On Strike. Here Are the Corporate School Privatizers They’re Up Against.

Alice, Jim and Rob Walton in 2011. Their Walton Family Foundation is a top driver of the school privatization agenda in Arkansas (Image: Walmart Flickr)  

Teachers of Little Rock, Arkansas went on strike Thursday over the state’s decision to strip their collective bargaining rights and curtail local control of the school district. It was the teachers’ first strike since 1987, and only their second strike ever. 


Wednesday, Nov 13, 2019, 3:40 pm  ·  By Audrey Winn

Uber CEO Forgives Saudi Arabia for a Brutal Murder, But Punishes Drivers for Small Errors

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi speaks during the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018 on September 6, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)  

In an Axios interview that aired on HBO last Sunday, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi made a troubling analogy. Discussing Uber’s ties to Saudi Arabia—whose sovereign fund is one of Uber's largest shareholders—Khosrowshahi described the assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi as a “mistake” comparable to the company's own “mistakes” in reckless automation. This “mistake” was brushed off casually, with no mention of its place in the context of other Saudi “mistakes,” including an ongoing violent war against Yemen and a long history of brutally silencing domestic critics.


Friday, Nov 8, 2019, 12:29 pm  ·  By Katie Rose Quandt

Cheerios Picket Line Averted: After Strike Threat, General Mills Workers Win Tentative Agreement

The plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, makes Cheerios, Lucky Charms and other General Mills products. (Photo Illustration by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)  

On Friday, over 500 workers narrowly avoided a strike at General Mills’ production facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.


Tuesday, Nov 5, 2019, 11:51 am  ·  By Sydney Ghazarian

The Climate Strikers Walked Out of School. Next, Let’s Walk Off the Job.

Thousands of Irish schools students participate today in the Global School Strike for Climate Action march on Friday, March 15, 2019, in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)  

This September, the world erupted when over 7 million people — young and old—poured into the streets for the Global Climate Strike. The mass action, which made a Green New Deal a top demand, was sparked in the lead-up to Sweden’s 2018 general election, when teen activist Greta Thunberg began ditching school to protest Sweden’s inaction on climate change. Greta, who was already inspiring more student strikes through social media, catalyzed the Fridays for Future movement when she decided to continue striking on Fridays after the general election. Over the past year, young leaders—particularly youth of color—have been on the forefront of building Friday Climate Strikes into a worldwide student civil disobedience movement, taking aim at the political failure to address the climate emergency.


Monday, Nov 4, 2019, 11:06 am  ·  By Rachel M. Cohen

With the Help of Teachers Unions, the Climate Strikes Could Be Moving Into Phase 2

People march as they take part in a strike to demand action on the global climate crisis on September 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)  

As young people across the country join the global movement to mobilize school strikes to demand climate action, one group is starting to think more seriously about how to best support those efforts: their teachers.

Educators, like those in the California Federation of Teachers and the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA), are beginning to leverage their power both as teachers and union members to push the bounds of climate activism.


Friday, Nov 1, 2019, 2:50 pm  ·  By Rebecca Burns

Chicago Teachers Didn’t Win Everything, But They’ve Transformed the City—And the Labor Movement

Chicago teachers made history through their strike. But their fight isn't over. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images)  

Chicago teachers and staff returned to the classrooms Friday after more than two weeks on strike. Their walkout lasted longer than the city’s landmark 2012 strike, as well as those in Los Angeles and Oakland earlier this year.


Tuesday, Oct 29, 2019, 3:18 pm  ·  By Sarah Lazare

Chicago Teachers Are Carrying the Torch of Decades of Militant Worker Struggles

Striking Chicago public school teachers and their supporters march through the Loop on October 17, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)  

“I solemnly swear that I will never stop fighting for my students.” This hand-made picket sign, one of hundreds at an October 25 Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and SEIU 73 rally, sums up what makes the teachers’ strike so important. In an approach CTU pioneered during its 2012 strike, the 25,000-strong CTU refuses to draw a firm boundary between justice in the workplace and justice for its students. For the union—under the leadership of the leftwing Caucus of Rank-and-File Educators—affordable housing is a bargaining issue because roughly 17,000 CPS students are experiencing houselessness. And so is the shortage of school nurses, counselors and librarians—along with the corporate and hedge-fund pillaging of a city beset with deep poverty and racial segregation.


Monday, Oct 28, 2019, 3:34 pm  ·  By Michael Arria

Over the Last Week, At Least 85,000 Workers Were Out on 13 Different Strikes

Striking teachers, school staff, and supporters march through downtown Chicago on the ninth day of the Chicago Teachers Union strike on October 25, 2019. (Photo by Max Herman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)  

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 485,000 U.S. workers were involved in strikes and lockouts during 2018. That’s the highest number since 1986. The data for 2019 won’t be released until 2020, but there’s a good chance that number will be exceeded, a point driven home by the fact that, over the last week, at least 85,000 workers participated in 13 different strikes across the United States.


Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019, 12:53 pm  ·  By Rebecca Burns

Chicago’s Citywide Strike Just Spread to Charter School Teachers

Thousands of demonstrators take to the streets, stopping traffic and circling City Hall in a show support for the ongoing teachers strike on October 23, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images)  

More than 32,000 Chicago Public School (CPS) teachers and staff—one out every 100 people in the city—have been on strike since October 17. On Tuesday, the ranks of the striking workers—represented by the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and SEIU Local 73—swelled a little further as nearly 40 teachers walked off the job at Passages Charter School on the city’s north side.