Working In These Times

Friday, Feb 22, 2019, 1:42 pm  ·  By Barbara Madeloni

How West Virginia Teachers Went on Strike Again and Defeated a School Privatization Bill

West Virginia teachers went on strike again—and won again. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)  

“Don’t start those buses tomorrow,” said Joe White, executive director of the West Virginia School Service Personnel Association.

He was announcing the second statewide education strike in West Virginia in a year, alongside the leaders of the state’s two teacher unions.


Thursday, Feb 21, 2019, 6:48 pm  ·  By Brooke Anderson

“Out Here Because I Love Teaching”: The Oakland Teachers Strike, In Photos

Oakland Education Association President, Keith Brown, leads a march today of striking teachers through downtown Oakland. (Brooke Anderson)  


Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019, 6:03 pm  ·  By Jeff Schuhrke

We’ve Been Fighting for $15 For 7 Years. Today I’m Celebrating a Historic Victory.

Illinois' passage of a statewide $15 minimum wage was 7 years in the making. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)  

On Tuesday, Illinois became the first state in the Midwest to enact legislation phasing in a $15-per-hour minimum wage, giving 1.4 million workers a raise every year between 2020 and 2025.


Thursday, Feb 14, 2019, 3:41 pm  ·  By Rachel M. Cohen

Teachers’ Strikes Are Rattling Washington. This Hearing in the U.S. House Is Proof.

Chairman Bobby Scott, D-Va., conducts a House Education and Labor Committee hearing in Rayburn Building titled 'Underpaid Teachers and Crumbling Schools: How Underfunding Public Education Shortchanges America's Students,' on Tuesday, February 12, 2019. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)  

As Denver public school teachers head back to school, ending their first labor stoppage in 25 years, it’s hard to dismiss the impact the nation-wide teacher strikes have had on American politics. As Democratic presidential candidates rush to voice support for the Colorado educators, Denver’s strike marks the ninth major teacher uprising in the last twelve months, with the anniversary of the very first—West Virginia’s—coming up next week.


Thursday, Feb 14, 2019, 1:57 pm  ·  By David Dayen

Amazon’s Decision To Pull Out of NYC Is a Massive Blow To Corporate Welfare

Facing mass public opposition, Amazon canceled its New York City headquarters project. (Photo by Holger Hollemann/picture alliance via Getty Images)  

Amazon announced Thursday the company has canceled its bid to acquire nearly $3 billion in public dollars to locate a facility in New York City—the most substantial setback for corporate welfare in recent memory. 


Wednesday, Feb 13, 2019, 12:25 pm  ·  By Michelle Chen

Labor Unrest Is Erupting on Honduran Plantations—And Rattling the Global Supply Chain

A bunch of Fyffes bananas pictured outside the company's head office in Dublin. (Photo by Brian Lawless/PA Images via Getty Images)  

Long before Hondurans were demonized by Trump for “bringing chaos” to the southern border, U.S. consumers welcomed truckloads of Honduran-grown fruit, which have for years streamed through regional trade networks dominated by multinational agribusiness. At the same time, agribusiness has helped drive the poverty and social turmoil in farmworker communities, worsening the misery that so many are fleeing en masse.


Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019, 4:27 pm  ·  By Kelsey Ray

Denver Teachers Went on Strike To Be Able To Live Where They Teach

Denver teachers are the latest educators to walk off the job. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)  

Update: On Feb. 14, Denver teachers reached a tentative deal with the local school district that includes significant pay increases, and suspended their strike.

On Monday, more than 5,000 teachers, parents and students from public schools across Denver took part in a festive rally on the steps of the Colorado state capitol. The demonstration marked the first day of a teacher strike to demand higher base salaries and a pay scale system that’s clear, predictable and that will allow teachers to afford to live in the neighborhoods where they work.


Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019, 12:55 pm  ·  By Hayley Breden in conversation with Michael Arria

Denver Teacher: I’m On Strike to Build a Nationwide Movement for Public Schools

Bear Valley International School language arts teacher Kaitlin Christenson, left, and math teacher Meghan Clapp, right, lead a chant at an educator and community rally at the Colorado State Capitol on February 11, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. Denver teachers are striking for the first time in 25 years after the school district and the union representing the educators failed to reach an agreement after 14 months of contract negations over teacher pay. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)  

On February 11, public school teachers in Denver, Colorado went on strike after 15 months of attempted negotiations with the school district. The Denver Classroom Teachers Association, which represents the city’s 5000-plus teachers, is looking for higher salaries and changes to the districts bonus system, in which extra “merit pay” for teachers is calculated in a vague and inconsistent way.


Friday, Feb 8, 2019, 4:12 pm  ·  By Alex Press

Anchor Workers Are Organizing to Become One of the First Unionized Craft Breweries in the U.S.

Beer is better when it's union made. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)  

After taking their union drive public on Thursday, workers from Anchor Brewing Company, a San Francisco institution that was founded in 1896 and stands as one of the country’s oldest craft breweries, rallied in the Mission District. The workers estimate 75 people showed up to support their union, organized with the International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union (ILWU). Should the workers’ union drive succeed, theirs would be among the first unionized craft breweries in the United States.


Friday, Feb 8, 2019, 4:03 pm  ·  By David Dayen

Amazon Threatens to Cancel New York City Headquarters if It Doesn’t Receive $3 Billion in Subsidies

Protestors rally against Amazon and the company's plans to move their second headquarters to the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, at New York City Hall, January 30, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)  

Fearful of losing nearly $3 billion in subsidies for its expansion in New York City, Amazon has moved to a new strategy, one involving threats. The Washington Post (owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos) reported on Friday that the company is “reconsidering” its plan to place an office facility for up to 25,000 employees in Long Island City, Queens. In doing so, Amazon is signaling that it will squeeze opponents of the deal politically unless they support the massive subsidy package.