“We Won!”: University Professors Strike in Québec City
This February, thirteen-hundred faculty members walked off the job at Québec City’s Université Laval for nearly five weeks, winning a number of concessions from the university including pay raises and improvements to faculty workloads. Rhiannon Maton interviews Nat Nesvaderani about life on the picket line and the lessons learned for future struggles.
Kim Moody explains how the extreme optimization of Amazon’s logistics systems, which keep goods (and therefore, capital) in constant motion, produces massive profits for the company while rendering it distinctively vulnerable to workers’ intervention. As technologically advanced as it is, Amazon still relies on human labor at every point in production; as its logistics networks become increasingly complicated, the points at which production can be slowed or stopped by organized labor continue to multiply.
Notes on America’s Railroads
Guy Miller explains the roots of Congressional strike breaking in the railroad industry.
Tories Collapse Amidst a Growing Strike Wave
Raymond Morell writes about the latest wave of strikes across the UK in the face of an inflation and cost-of-living crisis, and analyzes the strengths and challenges facing the burgeoning movement.
The Limits of White Skin Privilege
Michael Goldfield reflects on his time in the Sojourner Truth Organization to develop a critique of Noel Ignatiev’s theory of white skin privilege.
Farah’s 50 Years Later
Fifty years ago, thousands of garment workers along the U.S.-Mexico border launched a two-year strike and boycott at Farah Manufacturing. Gabriel Solis draws lessons from their struggle for social movements on the border today.
Kim Moody argues that the current economic conjuncture is among the most favorable for workers in decades. But might we see the organized militancy required to bring about better working conditions, wages, and contracts?
Coming Home from the Mines
Robert Ovetz reflects on the centenary of the Kansas wildcat coal strikes, considering the role of the Amazon Army and reflecting on lessons to be drawn from this labor history.
Upticks, Waves, and Social Upsurge
Kim Moody explores the significance of Striketober 2021: what it means, and just as importantly, what it doesn’t.