Articles from Working In These Times

3 Democratic Campaigns Now Have Staff Unions. Why Not More?

All signs point to a messy battle in the 2020 Democratic primaries, pitting establishment types against democratic socialists. Thanks to an effort spearheaded largely by Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaigners, the staffers for a few 2018 Congressional candidates could be pioneering a new litmus test for determining candidates’ progressive credentials: Do they recognize their employees’ union?

5 Reasons Mexican Workers Would Cheer the Demise of NAFTA

This article was produced in partnership with Foreign Policy In Focus.

Mexicans have plenty not to like about Donald Trump: his racism, his wall, his tirades against immigrants. But if there's a disruption provoked by Trump we should actually embrace, it's the renegotiation of NAFTA—or even the trade pact's possible end.

West Virginia Teachers Are Showing How Unions Can Win Power Even If They Lose Janus

Today’s “Workers’ Day of Action,” organized by AFL-CIO affiliates and labor groups, aimed to show the labor movement’s opposition to a verdict for the plaintiffs in Janus v. AFSCME, which begins oral arguments before the Supreme Court on Monday. Unions fear their power will be diminished if the Court rules against AFSCME, as it is expected to do, and restricts public-sector unions from collecting fees from non-members to pay for collective bargaining.

From Whole Foods to Amazon, Invasive Technology Controlling Workers Is More Dystopian Than You Think

You’ve been fired. According to your employer’s data, your facial expressions showed you were insubordinate and not trustworthy. You also move your hands at a rate that is considered substandard. Other companies you may want to work for could receive this data, making it difficult for you to find other work in this field.

That may sound like a scenario straight out of a George Orwell novel, but it’s the future many American workers could soon be facing.

5 Ways the Olympics Are Undermining Democracy and Exploiting Workers

We’re almost halfway through 17 frigid days of Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, and U.S. media coverage has been banal, predictable and full of holes. American press outlets, largely ignorant of Korean history and politics, have demonized North Korea and Russia while pumping out trivial stories about the number of condoms at the Olympic Village.

The Stock Market Crash Reveals the Rot at the Core of Our Economic System

Feb. 5 saw the steepest stock market decline in six and half years, and the largest one-day point decline in the history of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Last week saw the worst week on Wall Street in two years. The precipitous fall follows the recent so-called “Trump rally,” where stock market values inched to their highest level since World War II.

50 Years After Memphis Sanitation Workers Went On Strike, Remembering MLK’s Words

Exactly 50 years ago, roughly 1,300 sanitation workers in Memphis, Tenn. went on strike for better work conditions, adequate pay and union recognition. Here is the speech that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered in support of the workers on April 3, 1968—one day before he was assassinated.