Tag Archive: unions

We’ve Let Employers Set the Terms of the Labor Debate

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By Irami Osei-Frimpong (April 10, 2018) We’ve let employers dictate the terms of the labor debate. Forget the skills mismatch. There is a wage mismatch, and when wages aren’t pegged to cost of living increases, it’s a bit ridiculous. I first noticed it when I heard some older cat harangue a kid for not working their way through college like…
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Why Teachers are Rising

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By Mark Naison (April 3, 2018) For the last twenty years, beating on teachers has been the national pastime, as popular among Democrats as Republicans, among liberals as conservatives. Teachers have been the nation’s most convenient scapegoat for rapidly rising levels of inequality and have been the target of an immense array of accountability measures which funnel profits to test…
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Good Institutions Are about Helping to Govern, Not Charity

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By Irami Osei-Frimpong (February 23, 2018) I’m serious when I say that institutions should be judged by their capacity to help people govern, both govern themselves and with others. I worry that charity institutions provide services without growing people’s capacity to govern. This breeds accountability problems, and more importantly, since these institutions emerge as a matter of charity, not justice,…
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Interview: Alexander Riccio

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  Alexander Riccio is a labor organizer based in Corvallis, Oregon. He co-hosts the podcast LabourWave Revolution Radio and is currently collaborating with the Common Space Collective on a project to revive the commons in the Willamette Valley.   What are the sorts of experiences that led you to become a union organizer? I am asked this question, or a variation…
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When It Comes to Protecting Immigrant Workers, Strategic Organizing is the Answer

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By Arun Gupta (February 4, 2018) This is an insightful report on how to organize against Trump’s deportation regime. Here are some important lessons. One:  Immigration is as much about labor as about race. Trump won by racializing working-class conflict, stoking white nativism and resentment against all immigrant workers from farms to high tech. A few years ago I interviewed Ana…
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Locals Insurgency: A Call to Action for Unionists

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By Alex Riccio (January 22, 2018)   A pending Supreme Court case, Janus v. AFSCME, is all but guaranteed to pass in favor of the plaintiff. This decision will make Right to Work (aka Right to Greed) laws a national standard. For many who are involved in organized labor, this prospect is viewed as a threat to the very survival…
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Millennials Are Not Dictatorship Material

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By Mark Naison (August 27, 2017) If Fordham is Any Example, Millennials are Not Dictatorship Material One of the reasons I am confident that Donald Trump will not take us on the path to dictatorship or authoritarian rule is the refusal of young people to be intimidated by authoritarian figures in their lives, be they parents, teachers, or school and…
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Radicals: Don’t Ignore the General Strike!

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By Alex Riccio (February 6, 2017)   The rise of Trump and the alt-right has exposed fascism’s ability to creep into spaces of political and social power within the United States. “The ‘fascist creep,’” writes Alexander Reid Ross in his new book on the topic, “refers to the porous borders between fascism and the radical right, through which fascism is…
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The Bunsis Report, February 2016

In February 2016, Dr. Howard Bunsis of Eastern Michigan University visited Oregon State.  He offered an analysis of the financial priorities of OSU and evaluated how well it allocated resources toward accomplishing it’s academic mission. The Anarres Project co-sponsored his visit, along with the Allied Students for Another Politics, OSU-Association of American University Professors, Service Employees International Union 503, the…
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Why There Probably Won’t Be a President Sanders

By Arun Gupta (February 26, 2016) Bernie Sanders supporters are understandably frustrated about the 2016 primary. He essentially tied Hillary Clinton in Iowa, trounced her in New Hampshire, and gave her a scare in Nevada. But the narrative is Clinton has “cleared the road,” is “back on track,” and “inevitable” again to win the Democratic Party presidential nomination.