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  • December 21, 2005

    Bitter Winter at NYU

    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.

    Scott Sherman

  • December 20, 2005

    Out of Place

    Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, portraits of the Moroccan immigrants in Spain, gracefully evokes the unease of immigrants caught adrift between the stagnation of their old homes and the hope of their lives on a new shore.

    Emily Lodish

  • 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 8, 2005

    Beyond Braceros

    In a misguided GOP reform effort, Congress is ready to pass measures that would militarize border controls, violate workers' rights and give corporations a new bracero program. Immigrant rights groups, unions, civil rights organizations and working families push for something better.

    David Bacon

  • 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

  • November 10, 2005

    The Delphi Oracle

    The cynical restructuring plan for bankrupt Delphi Automotive calls for massive wage and benefit givebacks for 51,000 American workers. Governors of affected states must craft strategies to minimize loss of jobs and income.

    The Editors

  • November 3, 2005

    Spin Control at Wal-Mart

    A hard-hitting documentary, an embarrassing leaked memo on healthcare and abandonment by customers who don't like its politics. It's getting harder these days for Wal-Mart to put on a happy public face.

    Liza Featherstone

  • October 14, 2005

    Goodbye, Mr. Goodwrench

    Delphi's bankruptcy is a marker of a new America in which there is no collective security, no union to make you strong, no government to give you shelter, in which workers stand alone.

    Nicholas von Hoffman

  • October 6, 2005

    Communities Without Borders

    Guest worker programs are a threat to the communities Central American migrants forge as they sweep across the US. These programs undermine the economic rights of immigrants and natives alike.

    David Bacon