James Cersonsky is a Philadelphia-based writer and organizer. His writing has appeared at The Nation, Dissent, Alternet, and elsewhere. Email him at jcersonsky [at] gmail [dot] com or follow him on Twitter @cersonsky.
Are Young Workers the Future of Labor?
With union membership in a decades-long decline, recruiting a new generation of workers is crucial to keeping labor alive. Yet young workers are (and always have been) less likely to be in a... MORE
Working · December 11, 2013
Could New York Be the Next Chicago?
Last September’s Chicago teachers strike, organized—and won—by an unapologetically democratic, community-centered union, gave hope to laborites across the country that there could be a functional American labor... MORE
Working · March 21, 2013
The Neoliberal Plan for Higher Education
Backed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the SUNY20/20 Act sounds the death knell of universal, affordable education. MORE
Features · September 26, 2012
BAMN Pushes Teachers Unions Toward Radicalism
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is correct that education reform is the “civil rights struggle of our generation,” Chicago Public Schools teacher Xian Barrett told a packed room of education activists... MORE
Working · August 21, 2012
Philadelphia Charter School Teachers—And Their Union—Stand Up to Management
On May 31, Philadelphia’s Delaware Valley Charter High School witnessed teacher turnover in real time. Between 10:20am and 12:46pm, in the middle of class instruction, eight teachers were handed pink slips. Students... MORE
Working · August 2, 2012
The Shared Services Disaster
Imagination about travel corresponds in Verne to an exploration of closure… in which the man-child reinvents the world, fills it, closes it, shuts himself up in it, and crowns this encyclopedic effort... MORE
Working · July 27, 2012
Dissident Caucus Aims to Give NYC Teachers Union M.O.R.E.
“You’ve got to stop thinking about education as a monopoly,” says former New York City education Chancellor Joel Klein in the documentary, The Inconvenient Truth behind Waiting for Superman.... MORE
Working · July 17, 2012
Save Our Schools
Student organizers with Save Our SUNY are fighting austerities—new and old—in New York state’s higher ed system. MORE
Features · August 22, 2011