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Unions news and analysis from The Nation

  • October 12, 2006

    Laboring Toward Election Day

    Despite the split following the 2004 election, labor groups are gearing up for the November elections like never before.

    David Moberg

  • May 30, 2006

    Teamsters: Changing to Win?

    A strong Teamsters union is a powerful weapon in the fight for all working people. But the Teamsters need to rebuild their own house before they can rebuild labor's.

    William Johnson

  • March 16, 2006

    Dueling Over Delphi

    When Delphi declared bankruptcy, cutting workers' wages, pensions and healthcare, auto unions in Indiana drew the line. Now they are prepared to strike or take work-to-rule actions.

    David Moberg

  • February 8, 2006

    Reversing ‘Right to Work’

    Labor activists in Idaho hope to repeal repressive "Right To Work" laws and educate a new generation on the history of labor struggles.

    Sasha Abramsky

  • January 21, 2006

    Cesar’s Ghost

    Cesar, who was always good at symbols, saved his best for last: a simple pine box, fashioned by his brother's hands, carried unceremoniously through the Central Valley town he made famous.

    Frank Bardacke


  • January 11, 2006

    Working-Class Hero

    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.

    William P. Jones

  • December 30, 2005

    New York’s Real Transit Crisis

    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.

    Robert Fitch

  • December 8, 2005

    Human Rights at Work

    Labor issues involve not only economic rights, but also human rights, in the US, but especially in nations around the world where the right of free speech and assembly is not a given.

    David Moberg

  • December 7, 2005

    Spring Hill: Another Utopia Bites the Dust

    General Motors is dimming the headlights on its industrial utopia in Spring Hill, Tennessee. The cutback at the visionary Saturn plant, where workers and managers once shared decision-making and cooperated as equals, is the latest affront to US autoworkers and American self-esteem.

    Nicholas von Hoffman

  • November 10, 2005

    Arnold Show: Canceled

    Buoyed by their defeat of Schwarzeneggar's "referendum revolution," Democrats and organized labor are now energized to defeat the governor's re-election bid next year.

    Marc Cooper