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  • Rosie the Riveters gathered on Labor Day to Honor the Working Women of WWII

    "The Rosies and veterans then told stories from the front lines. One Rosie said she was shocked at the idea of wearing pants to work. A veteran recalled being shot down from the sky in northern Italy and receiving notes from Rosies back home full of profanities toward Hitler."



  • Why We Started the #ScholarStrike

    by Anthea Butler and Kevin Gannon

    As American history shows, there are times where the most powerful way that workers can force an issue or work for change is to withhold what others see as their most important feature: their labor.


  • On Labor Day, Think of Bread and Roses

    by William Lambers

    On Labor Day, remember the demands of striking textile workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Working people deserve more than bare subsistence; they're entitled to dignity and pleasure too.



  • What Liberals Get Wrong About Work

    by Michael J. Sandel

    Michael Young, who coined the term meritocracy in the late 1950s—and who used it as a pejorative—observed four decades later: “It is hard indeed in a society that makes so much of merit to be judged as having none. No underclass has ever been left as morally naked as that.”



  • Looking Out For Each Other

    by Leah Valtin-Erwin

    The wrenching transitions that East Germans faced in adapting to western commercial culture after reunification offer lessons for the COVID crisis, and a warning that the burdens of managing social change and stress often fall on retail workers. 



  • Will Covid-19 Revive Faculty Power?

    Will the COVID crisis be the moment that seals the power of trustees, donors and administrators over universities organized like corporations, or will faculty organize to reassert shared governance?


  • Trump Keeps Giving American Workers a Raw Deal

    by Lawrence Wittner

    Despite boasting of his accomplishments for working Americans, Trump's record amounts to more of the same: union busting, stagnant wages, unsafe workplaces, long hours, no vacation time, and even child labor. 



  • #ScholarStrike

    Professors are planning a work stoppage and virtual, public teach-in on police violence and racism next month.



  • How Police Unions Fight Reform

    Activists insist that police departments must change. For half a century, New York City’s P.B.A. has successfully resisted such demands.



  • Adjunct Professors: Jobs Are Low on Pay and Health Benefits With High COVID Risk

    If colleges move forward with in-person instruction for the coming semester, adjunct professors will likely play a greater role in teaching students in the classroom. But they often have little institutional support — in terms of health insurance or other benefits — even during this public health crisis.