Working In These Times

Thursday, Apr 26, 2018, 5:54 pm  ·  By Rebecca Vallas, Talk Poverty

Trump Is Using “Welfare” Dog Whistles to Come After the Entire Working Class

Then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wears a coal miner's protective hat while addressing his supporters during a rally at the Charleston Civic Center on May 5, 2016 in Charleston, WV. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images)  

On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that sums up how little he understands about poverty in America.

The order, titled “Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility,” carries little weight by itself. It directs a broad range of federal agencies to review programs serving low-income people and make recommendations on how they can make the programs harder to access, all under the guise of “welfare reform.”


Thursday, Apr 26, 2018, 3:01 pm  ·  By Sarah Lahm

Arizona Teachers Are Out On the Largest Strike in State History. Here’s Why.

Tens of thousands of Arizona teachers are striking for higher wages and increased school funding. (Save Our Schools Arizona / Facebook)  

Jen Samuels is excited. She is a teacher in the Paradise Valley School District near Phoenix, Ariz. and was up early today, although she will not be in her classroom. Today Samuels and thousands of her fellow teachers are out on strike, and up to 50,000 educators and their supporters are expected to march to the Arizona state capitol in nearly 100-degree heat.


Thursday, Apr 26, 2018, 12:21 pm  ·  By Peter Cole

Don’t Like War? Then Don’t Work! Remembering When Dockworkers Shut Down the Ports on May Day

ILWU Local 19 member Al Webster joined the other 10,000 United States Longshore workers who voluntarily gave up a day's pay to protest the Iraq War on May 1, 2007. (WikiGolightly/Creative Commons)  

​May Day—a legal holiday for workers in most countries—was born in Chicago. On May 1, 1886, workers shut down America’s greatest industry city, and other cities too, to demand the 8-hour workday. In 1894, the U.S. Congress intentionally created a Labor Day at another time of the year, but some Americans continue celebrating the original, real Labor Day.


Wednesday, Apr 25, 2018, 2:01 pm  ·  By Sarah Jaffe

Arizona Teachers Are Prepared to Strike to Fix the Education Crisis Themselves

Arizona teachers are mobilizing against massive cuts to education. (Save Our Schools Arizona/Facebook)  

​Welcome to Interviews for Resistance. We’re now into the second year of the Trump administration, and the last year has been filled with ups and downs, important victories, successful holding campaigns and painful defeats. We’ve learned a lot, but there is always more to learn, more to be done. In this now-weekly series, we talk with organizers, agitators and educators, not only about how to resist, but how to build a better world.


Tuesday, Apr 24, 2018, 1:14 pm  ·  By Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

Nation’s Richest, Including Trump, Are About to Enjoy a $17 Billion Windfall Due to a Tax Loophole

US President Donald Trump speaks during a retreat with Republican lawmakers at Camp David in Thurmont, Maryland, January 6, 2018. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)  

As America's largest Wall Street banks continue to count the billions they've already raked in thanks to the Trump-GOP tax law, a government report published Monday shows that America's millionaires—as well as many rich lawmakers and President Donald Trump himself—are getting ready to share a $17 billion windfall thanks to a last-minute loophole tucked into the Republican plan.


Monday, Apr 23, 2018, 5:25 pm  ·  By Mica Soellner

Toiling Over a “Puddle of Blood”: Why These Warehouse Workers Are Standing Up to Abuses

XPO Logistics provides transportation, delivery and logistics for Verizon, Ikea, Home Depot and other retailers. (José Ramón Márquez / JCCM)  

TENNESSEE—Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lent his support to the historic Memphis sanitation workers’ strike. Today, the safe working conditions that strikers fought for in 1968 remain elusive for low-wage workers in one Memphis warehouse.


Friday, Apr 20, 2018, 6:05 pm  ·  By Sarah Lahm

Nearly 5,000 JetBlue Flight Attendants Just Voted To Unionize, in a Major Win for Airline Labor

JetBlue in-flight crew voted 2,661 to 1,387 to join the Transport Workers Union. (Getty Images)  

On April 18, nearly 5,000 JetBlue Airways flight attendants voted to form a union, notching a major victory for organized labor. The employees voted 2,661 to 1,387 to join the Transport Workers Union (TWU), a labor group that represents rail and airline workers, among others, and is affiliated with the AFL-CIO.


Friday, Apr 20, 2018, 2:57 pm  ·  By Michelle Chen

Rotten and Rat-Infested: The Appalling Food and Healthcare Conditions Facing Inmates in U.S. Prisons

A new study looking into prison conditions nationwide shines light on the bleak reality of everyday life behind bars. (Photo by In Pictures Ltd./Corbis via Getty Images)  

We rarely see what goes on inside of U.S. prisons, besides the occasional reports of riots, suicides or corruption scandals that trickle out of an otherwise opaque institution. But a new study looking into prison conditions nationwide shines light on the bleak reality of everyday life behind bars.


Thursday, Apr 19, 2018, 5:16 pm  ·  By Katherine Braden

Puerto Rico’s Major Newspapers Laid Off Reporters Just When the Island Needed Them the Most

After Hurrican Maria hit Puerto Rico, lines for gas could have wait times of up to 20 hours and many roads were destroyed and flooded. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)  

On the morning of Sept. 19, 2017, hours before Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, editors at the newspaper Primera Hora sent Sara (not her real name), one of their reporters, to the small island Culebra, miles off Puerto Rico’s coast.

Hurricane Irma, which had hit the northeastern Caribbean a month before, had caused massive destruction. “They wanted to have someone [on Culebra] in case the problems were bigger with Maria,” Sara tells me. “I left my family just to be a good employee and a good journalist and be there in order to report the damages.”


Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018, 6:16 pm  ·  By Rachel Johnson

West Virginia Teachers and the Return of Labor Feminism

A major flashpoint for oppositional feminism is the Right’s continued attack on the public sector. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)  

Since the 2016 election, Americans have been treated to all varieties of media profiles and literary-safari trips to the heart of coal country—like J.D. Vance’s book Hillbilly Elegy—which leave the impression that the “working class” is largely an undifferentiated mass of reactionary white men.