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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.

David Sirota calls progressives to action with a plan for a grassroots movement that unites fragmented factions.

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.

Picking up the pieces at the AFL-CIO convention.

Blogs

Workers at this New York restaurant were just awarded $2.67 million for egregious wage theft—and could motivate others to push back against labor violations.

March 25, 2015

The LWC counters that their tactics have involved creative direct action, not conspiracy or extortion.

March 13, 2015

The Tennessee governor’s budget will subsidize students’ college tuition with cuts to college workers’ benefits.

March 6, 2015

They’ve joined the growing airport workers' movement for an end to back-breaking work and paltry benefits.

February 27, 2015

Hong Kong’s domestic workers face an uphill struggle to secure their basic rights against exploitation and abuse.

February 13, 2015

Domestic workers are demanding an end to slavery-like conditions in the homes of the Hong Kong rich.

February 11, 2015

The Conservative Party’s proposal to increase the thresholds for strike votes isn’t about democracy—it’s about stifling unions.

February 9, 2015

Amid management intimidation, police violence and government disinterest, the movement is still pushing for better working conditions and fair compensation. 

January 23, 2015

As the unity government wrangles over management of the devastated Gaza Strip, government workers are striking for their overdue wages.

January 20, 2015

We’ve relegated Latino immigrants to the most dangerous jobs—and left them few effective ways to challenge mistreatment.

January 14, 2015