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Why the hell not

Gary Holloway reviews Mike Stout’s 2020 memoir Homestead Steel Mill: The Final Ten Years.

Unleashing the fight for reproductive justice

Ashley Smith urges those in the fight for abortion justice to build mass opposition to the abortion ban instead of looking to the Democratic party, elections, or liberal feminist organizations.

Dropping like flies

Joe Allen shares stories of UPS drivers endangered by the lack of air conditioning in delivery vehicles and the company’s failure to respond.

Stylized image of postal workers strike 1970s

Origins of the rank and file strategy

Kim Moody, a veteran of the International Socialists, explains the roots of the rank and file strategy in the Marxist tradition and how the International Socialists (U.S.) tried to put it into practice by diving into the rank and file rebellions of the 1970s.

“Written on Mars”

The final volume of Philip Foner’s groundbreaking history of the U.S. labor movement is now available. It covers the years 1929–1932. Despite its promise to frame the origins of the labor militancy of the Great Depression, Joe Allen argues that it presents a distorted picture.

The necessity of organizing DSA members as workers

Aaron Hall, a labor activist and member of the East Bay Democratic Socialists of America (“DSA”), discusses the organization’s labor strategy and how it fits into a broader strategy for the U.S. Left.

Image of LGBTQ activists rallied to boycott Coors Beer, with a "Boycott Coors Non-Union" button overlaid.

Pinkwashing as cold as the Rockies

 As part of our ongoing series of articles for Pride Month, Hank Kennedy provides a brief history of the gay-labor alliance that took place in the 1970s to boycott Coors Brewing Company.

Revenge of the Essential Worker: What’s Next for Labor in 2022?

With the large turnout and organizing energy at the Labor Notes conference last weekend, the Tempest Collective hosts a public discussion to assess the conference and talk about the challenges and opportunities facing the labor movement.

A new era of labor revolt (1966)

In the mid-1960s, in the midst of Black urban revolt and radicalization on campuses, the U.S. working class was supposedly bought off and inactive. Worker-revolutionary Stan Weirdisagreed. In this 1966 speech, he detailed the broad stirrings of a rank and file rebellion—a revolt with roots in unbearable workplace conditions and a deep feeling that “something’s basically wrong with American life.”

See you at Labor Notes

On behalf of the Tempest Collective, Joe Allen describes the political terrain ahead of the Labor Notes Conference and the importance of an open and serious engagement with the socialist movement.

A call for internationalism

Bob Kosuth, in his remarks from May Day 2022, argues for the centrality of an internationalist perspective in our political work.

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