While the edges continue to be smoothed off Martin Luther King Jr.'s bracing challenges to racism, war and free-market exploitation, the holiday is a time to remember a leader who believed civil rights and labor rights are tightly intertwined.
New York City's first transit strike in a quarter-century resulted in an agreement that both the union leadership and the MTA insist is the greatest contract ever--but that the union's left opposition calls a disastrous sell-out.
New York City transit workers, now back on the job after a two-day strike, are fighting for the rights of future workers and against the lie that abstract, neutral economic necessity, not the ideas and interests of the rich and powerful, are driving the demolition of what remains of social solidarity.
Striking graduate teaching assistants and NYU administrators are hunkered down for a protracted fight, as President John Sexton has threatened strikers with loss of their teaching stipend and ability to teach. This could have a chilling effect on campus union organizing nationwide.
When one of New York's biggest and most liberal institutions gets into the business of union-busting, it's hardly an internal matter.
That brief explosion in Gdansk of civic participation and political innovation contains secrets and gems of political ideals that can be achieved.
In the wake of the labor split, nothing revolutionary or even progressive is discernible in this schism.
The abysmal cases of slave labor in the US are both shocking and terribly mundane.
In the aftermath of the labor split, both sides must get beyond recriminations and hold themselves to common goals.