If “Industrial Democracy” Wasn’t Already Dead, Trump’s NLRB Just Killed It

There is nothing particularly new about the National Labor Relations Board failing the workers it was created to protect. The Board famously oscillates between defender and destroyer of labor rights depending on which party’s candidate inherits the White House, often reversing case law which the previous administration’s Board appointees enacted just years prior. Trump’s Board members have proven no strangers to this phenomenon, having swiftly repealed many of the Obama era’s pro-union decisions ever since constituting a majority of the Board. 

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Facing uncertain future, graduates continue fight to organize

The context for this attack is far different than it was in 2004, when the Bush NLRB overturned a 2000 decision and ruled graduate assistants couldn’t unionize. The assault on graduate unions comes amidst widespread political upheaval in a historically reactionary Presidency, amidst increasing calls to cancel student loan debt and address spiraling college affordability, and amidst a nationwide strike wave and a resurgence of labor power. 

So what does the path forward look like for graduate unionists?

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The Sanders "Workplace Democracy Plan" would transform labor law

The Sanders plan is the boldest vision for pro-worker labor policy released by a major presidential candidate since the New Deal: one that outstrips any recent proposal in recent memory, and which sets a high bar for presidential contenders to match. American workers and union leaders should take it seriously, and demand that Presidential candidates match it—or exceed it.

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AFA-CWA President Sara Nelson: "Using power builds power."

Earlier this month, more than a thousand socialists gathered in Atlanta, Georgia, to discuss the next two years of the Democratic Socialists of America. Delegates from around the country deliberated proposals on topics from electoral strategy to antifascism to internal structural reforms, but not before hearing from Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants–CWA, a fifty-thousand member union that helped end the government shutdown and has fought Trump's immigration regime.

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Organize, and let the law follow

Striking workers that broke the law, not lobbyists, secured wage increases in West Virginia and Arizona. Striking workers, not lobbyists, won one of organized labor’s largest victories in years in Los Angeles. Striking workers, not lobbyists, secured industry-leading wage settlements for Marriott hotel workers. And striking workers, not lobbyists, fought Stop & Shop—and won.

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Want to celebrate May Day? Fight for antifascist unions.

Late last summer, ahead of the first anniversary of Heather Heyer's killing in Charlottesville, Kooper Caraway wrote a blog post for the website of the Sioux Falls AFL-CIO, a labor council representing mostly immigrants, refugees, and workers of color in an overwhelmingly white state that is historically hostile to unions.

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Want Unions? There’s (apparently) an app for that.

On issue after issue across the whole spectrum of progressive public policy, a divide is growing between those who believe the present system can, with the right tweaks, be made to work, and those who see the system as rotten to the core, requiring root-and-branch reformation.

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Andy Stern is back. This time, it's ed reform.

Andy Stern, former President of Service Employees’ International Union (SEIU)—whose name is still synonymous with unionism by fiat, and who was unceremoniously ejected from the labor movement in 2010—is back in the news with a piece on charters and education reform for The Daily Beast.

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Transparency and Equity: Denver Teachers Vote to Strike

Nik Arnoldi is a fifth year art teacher at Escalante-Biggs Academy. It’s an Early Childhood Center in Denver Public Schools (DPS), just under an eleven mile drive from Denver International Airport. It’s a good school; because of Denver’s “school choice” system, there’s a wait list to get in.

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