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Spring 2017

Volume 26 Issue 2, Spring 2017

CONTENTS

From the Editorial Team

 Under the Radar

By Sarah Jaffe

Unreported and under-reported news and views that matter.

 

On the Contrary

The AFL-CIO “On the Beach”

By Mark Dudzic

Response to Mark Dudzic’s “The AFL-CIO ‘On the Beach’”

By Julie Kushner (and Kitty Weiss Krupat)

Mark Dudzic Replies

 

Over the Rainbow: The Uncertain Future of U.S. Politics

The World Turned Upside Down: ‘Our Revolution’, Trump Triumphant, and the Remaking of the Democratic Party

By Micah Uetricht

What is the role of ‘Our Revolution’ in the struggle against Trump?  

 

White Working-Class Voters and the Future of Progressive Politics

By Michael Zweig

What should progressives make of the fact that large sections of the white working-class voted for Trump?

  

A Listening Tour with Labor’s Trump Voters: Post-Election Union Strategy

By Gordon Lafer

Why did organized labor’s sway over union voters decline and what must be done?

 

Measuring the Rainbow: A Response to Richard Alba’s The Likely Persistence of a White Majority

By G. Cristina Mora and Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz

Why Richard Alba’s expansive definition of whiteness seems inaccurate and counterproductive.

 

How Census Data Mislead Us about Ethno-Racial Change in the U.S.: A Response to G. Cristina Mora and Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz

By Richard Alba

What’s wrong with the majority-minority Census Bureau projection and why it’s so important to get it right.

 

Recognize, Reduce, Redistribute Unpaid Care Work: How to Close the Gender Gap

By Diane Elson

Why the gender gap stopped closing and what to do about it.

 

IT is Watching:  Workplace Surveillance and Worker Resistance

By Dan Clawson and Mary Ann Clawson

How electronic spies permeate and intimidate the workplace.

 

The Ebbing Pink Tide: An Autopsy of Left-Wing Regimes in Latin America

 By René Rojas

Did right-wing assaults or internal weaknesses doom the Latin American revolutions?

 

Disabled Workers and the Unattainable Promise of Information Technology

By Andrew Ross and Sunaura Taylor

What explains increased unemployment and poverty among the disabled in the information age?

 

Working-Class Voices

A Home Care Worker Battles Cancer and Helps Pass Overtime Protection

By Emma Yang with Kressent Pottenger

 

Earth to Labor: Dispatches from the Climate Battleground

Why Clinton’s Embrace of the U.S. as an Energy Superpower Should Matter to Those Seeking to Reform the Democratic Party

By Sean Sweeney

 

Roots of Rebellion: A Guide to Insurgencies from Coast to Coast

Building a Multiracial Working-Class Movement Through Civics Unionism and Potluck Dinners

By Mariya Strauss

 

Organized Money: What Is Corporate America Thinking?

Billable Hours Up, Labor Law Down

By Max Fraser

 

Books and the Arts

Life After the Great Industrial Extinction       

 Remaking the Rust Belt: The Postindustrial Transformation of North America

By Tracy Neumann

From Steel to Slots: Casino Capitalism in the Postindustrial City

By Chloe Taft

Reviewed by Lily Geismer

 

The Winner-Take-All Economy

The Great Convergence: Information Technology and the New Globalization

By Richard Baldwin

The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War

By Robert J. Gordon

Reviewed by Andrew Elrod

 

In Our Hands Is Placed the Power  

The Fight for $15: The Right Wage for a Working America

By David Rolf

No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power

By Jane F. McAlevey

Reviewed by Samir Sonti

 

Out of the Mainstream: Books and Films You May Have Missed

By Matt Witt

 

Poetry

The Border: A Double Sonnet

By Alberto Ríos

Winter 2017

Volume 26 Issue 1 Winter 2017

 

CONTENTS

From the Editorial Team

Under the Radar

By Sarah Jaffe

Unreported and under-reported news and views that matter.

On the Contrary

Did the Sanders Campaign Represent a Missed Opportunity for the U.S. Labor Movement? A Debate


We Believe that We Can Win!

By Larry Cohen


Why Hillary Clinton Deserved Labor’s Support

By Randi Weingarten and Leo Casey


The Future of Urban Populism: Will Cities Turn the Political Tides?

By J. Phillip Thompson

What are the prospects of an urban populism that requires people of color and white millennials to combine forces?

 

Victory at Verizon: The Anatomy of a Strike  

By Dan DiMaggio

Why the Verizon strike is a wake-up call for the labor movement facing technological change.

 

Milking Workers, Breaking Bodies: Health Inequality in the Dairy Industry

By Julie C. Keller, Margaret Gray, and Jill Lindsey Harrison

Will justice come to the new factories in the field?

 

Trust-Busting: Labor’s Forgotten Cause

By Carl T. Bogus

Workers should make common cause with consumers to break up corporate monopolies.

 

How Veterans Are Losing the War at Home: Making America Pain-Free for Plutocrats

and Big Pharma, but not Vets

By Ann Jones

Corporate America’s campaign to dismantle the public health care system for veterans.

 

Labor Under Putin: The State of the Russian Working Class    

By Paul T. Christensen

Can Russian workers stand up to the Putin oligarchy? 

 

Prison Guard Unions and Mass Incarceration: Prospects for an Improbable Alliance

By Austin McCoy

Can prisoner and their guards unite against the prison-industrial complex?

 

Income Inequality and Urban Displacement: The New Gentrification

By Karen Chapple

Is the affordable housing crisis really an income crisis?

 

Earth to Labor: Dispatches from the Climate Battleground

Standing Rock Solid with the Frackers: Are the Trades Putting Labor’s head in the Gas Oven?

By Sean Sweeney

 

Roots of Rebellion: A Guide to Insurgencies from Coast to Coast

Is This How You Treat a Guest? Seafood Processing Workers Organize to Change Low-Road Labor Laws

By Mariya Strauss

 

Organized Money: What Is Corporate America Thinking?

Gutting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau   

By Max Fraser

 

Books and the Arts

Pressing Charges

Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America’s Largest Criminal Court

By Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve

Reviewed by Zohra Ahmed

 

Beg, Borrow, or Steal

Between Debt and the Devil: Money, Credit, and Fixing Global Finance

By Adair Turner


How the Other Half Banks: Exclusion, Exploitation, and the Threat to Democracy

By Mehrsa Baradaran

Reviewed by Andrew Elrod

 

Life Beyond Liberalism

The Future We Want: Radical Ideas for the New Century

Edited by Sarah Leonard and Bhaskar Sunkara

Reviewed by Kate Aronoff

 

Act Local

The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and The Rise of a New Justice Movement

By William Barber (with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove)


America’s Social Arsonist: Fred Ross and Grassroots Organizing in the Twentieth Century

By Gabriel Thompson

Reviewed by Steve Early

 

Out of the Mainstream: Books and Films You May Have Missed

By Matt Witt

 

Poetry

The City in Which I Love You

By Li-Young Lee

 

Letter to the Editor    

 

Spring 2016

Volume 25  Issue 2

 

CONTENTS

From the Editorial Team

 

Under the Radar

By Sarah Jaffe

Unreported and under-reported news and views that matter.

 

On the Contrary

Class Struggle in Robot Utopia

By Peter Frase

 

Feeling the Bern: An Analysis of the Sanders Phenomenon

By Tom Gallagher

How did an avowed socialist manage to challenge the Democratic Party’s anointed leader?

 

The Black-Labor-Left Alliance in the Neoliberal Age

By Adolph Reed Jr.

What Black Lives Matter should take from A. Philip Randolph.

 

 

Out of the Ashes: The Resurrection of the Chilean Labor Movement

By René Rojas

How miners and port workers are leading the revival.

 

Debtors’ Island:  How Puerto Rico Became a Hedge-Fund Playground

By Jennifer Wolff

Can Puerto Rico’s labor movement provide an alternative to austerity?

 

Does Labor’s Future Rest on Justice Scalia’s Replacement?

By Charlotte Garden

Has the threat to the labor movement passed away with Scalia?

 

The Marikana Massacre: Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency in South Africa

By Rajendra Chetty

Will a new labor and political movement end the reign of the ANC and the COASTU?

 

The Marxist Moment

Full Circle: Was Marx Right After All?

By Simon Head

Why the logic of a neoliberal economy invites a Marxist critique.

 

A Year to Remember: Reviewing Labor Movement Highlights and Lowlights

By Tom Juravich

 

The Internet vs. the Labor Movement: Why Unions are Late-Comers to Digital Organizing and How They Can Catch Up

By Kati Sipp 

 

Earth to Labor: Dispatches from the Climate Battleground

Contested Futures: Labor After Keystone XL

By Sean Sweeney

 

Roots of Rebellion: A Guide to Insurgencies from Coast to Coast

“We actually stopped the raids”: Puente’s Crusade Against Family Separations

By Mariya Strauss

 

Organized Money: What Is Corporate America Thinking?

Politics, Guns, and Money

By Max Fraser

 

Books and the Arts

Behind the Scenes with the One Percent

Primates of Park Avenue: A Memoir

By Wednesday Martin

The Nanny Chronicles of Hollywood

By Julie Swales and Stella Reid

Reviewed by Rachel Sherman

 

The Insecurity State

Cut Adrift: Families in Insecure Times

By Marianne Cooper

The Tumbleweed Society: Working and Caring in an Age of Insecurity

By Allison Pugh

Reviewed by Leslie Bell

 

On Whose Authority?

Another Politics: Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements

 By Chris Dixon

Reviewed by Stephanie Luce

 

Down and Out in the Homeland

$2.00 a Day: Living on Nothing in America

By Kathryn Edin and H. Luke Shaefer

Reviewed by Sudhir Venkatesh

 

Our Bookshelf: Recent Publications by Members of New Labor Forum’s Editorial Board and Staff   

Dreams Deported

Edited by Kent Wong and Nancy Guarneros

 

Out of the Mainstream: Books and Films You May Have Missed

By Matt Witt

 

Poetry

There Is No Such Thing as the Moment of Death

By Marilyn Krysl

 

A Twenty-Four Week Preemie, Change of Shift

By Belle Waring

Winter 2016

Volume 25 Issue 1 Winter 2016 

Contents

From the Editorial Team

Under the Radar

By Sarah Jaffe

Unreported and under-reported news and views that matter.

On the Contrary

Responses to Careful What You Wish For: A Critical Appraisal of Proposals to Rebuild the
Labor Movement

Experiment with Change

By Amy B. Dean

A New Brand of Unionism

By Bill Fletcher, Jr.

Breaking Laws to Change Laws

By Stephen Lerner

Pipe Dreams, Tunnel Vision, and Labor’s Future

By Chris Maisano

Bust Out without Breaking Up

By Michael M. Oswalt

Lance Compa Responds

The Fissuring of the Republican Party: A Road Map to Political Chaos

By Darren Dochuk

Why is the GOP decomposing?

Black Lives Matter: Racial Justice and the Carceral State

By Russell Rickford

Where is the militant new movement headed?

Adjuncts of the World Unite: How Faculty Are Resisting the Corporatization of Higher Education

By Malini Cadambi Daniel

Why the campus has become a hot shop.

The Mondragon Cooperatives and Global Capitalism: A Critical Analysis

By Sharryn Kasmir

Does the cooperative movement pose an alternative to neoliberalism?

Oregon’s Fair Shot Coalition: Bridging the Divide Between Racial, Gender, and Economic Justice

By Raahi Reddy

How to turn suspicion into trust and change the political tides.

The Subprime Specter Returns: High Finance and the Growth of High Risk Consumer Debt

By Jennifer Taub

Is consumer credit the next bubble to burst?

The Campaign to Weaken Worker Protections

By Jamie Smith Hopkins

The growing danger of going to work.

Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory: The New Democratic Party and the Canadian Elections

By Bryan Palmer

How triumph in the Alberta elections last May ended in national disaster in November.

Earth to Labor: Dispatches from the Climate Battleground Cobryn’s Class Act Is a Climate Game Changer

By Sean Sweeney

Roots of Rebellion

A Guide to Insurgencies from Coast to Coast Liberation Southern Style

By Mariya Strauss

Organized Money: What Is Corporate America Thinking?

Student Debt and the Next Bailout

By Max Fraser

Book and the Arts

Labor at the Crossroads

Only One Thing Can Save Us: Why America Needs a New Kind of Labor Movement, By Thomas Geoghegan

The Death and Life of American Labor: Toward a New Workers’ Movement, By Stanley Aronowitz

If We Can Win Here: The New Front Lines of the Labor Movement, By Fran Quigley

Reviewed by Adam Reich

When Is an Employee Not an Employee?  The Employee: A Political History, By Jean-Christian Vinel

Reviewed by Steven Lopez

The Criminalization of Neighborhood Life

On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City, By Alice Goffman

Reviewed by Kesha S. Moore

The Time Grind

Unequal Time: Gender, Class and Family in Employment Schedules, By Dan Clawson and Naomi Gerstel

Reviewed by Teresa Sharpe

Out of the Mainstream: Books and Films You May Have Missed

By Matt Witt

Poetry

Labor

By Dean Rader

Fall 2015

Gay Marriage and the Invisible LGBT/Q Precariat

Contents

From the Editorial Team

Under the Radar

By Sarah Jaffe

Unreported and under-reported news and views that matter.

On the Contrary

Careful What You Wish For: A Critical Appraisal of Proposals to Rebuild the Labor Movement

By Lance Compa

The LGBT/Q Working Class: An Invisible Majority

Queer Precarity and the Myth of Gay Affluence

By Amber Hollibaugh and Margot Weiss

Contrary to the stereotype, most LGBTQ people struggle against the odds to make ends meet.

Gay Liberation: How a Once Radical Movement Got Married and Settled Down

By Colin P. Ashley

On the path between the Stonewall Riots and gay marriage, an insurgent movement lost its bearings. 

The Marxist Moment

Marxism and Consumer Culture

By Chris Lehmann

False Consciousness meets Commodity Fetishism.

Slow Growth and No Growth: Why the U.S. Economy Is Outperforming Europe and Japan

By John Miller

How to break out of the stagnation trap.

The Greek Inquisition: International Finance, Syriza, and theGreek Labor Movement

By Nicholas Toloudis

Can Greece recover its sovereignty and a Greek left survive?

Bernie versus Hillary: Building an Outsider Left inside the Democratic Party

By Charles Lenchner

Is there a future for left-wing populism inside the Democratic Party?

Fining McWalmart: Charging Employers for the Social Costs of Poverty Wages

By Erica Smiley

A new strategy to shame low-wage behemoths and force them to bargain collectively.

Indentured Studenthood: The Higher Education Act and the Burden of Student Debt

By Elizabeth Tandy Shermer

Why a law to aid the less privileged ended up a financial boondoggle.

The Dispossessed: The Plight of Agricultural Workers on the Indian Subcontinent

By Subhashini Ali

How neoliberalism is devastating rural India.

Working-Class Voices of Contemporary America

Sold, but Not Selling Out

By Maribel Rodriguez

Roots of Rebellion

The Twenty-First Century Jungle: California Nurses Organize to Save Themselves

By Mariya Strauss

Organized Money: What Is Corporate America Thinking?

Franchise Fratricide and the Fight for $15

By Max Fraser

Books and the Arts

Documenting Dissent

American Revolutionary, Directed and produced by Grace Lee

The Hand That Feeds, Written, directed, and produced by Rachel Lears and Robin Blotnick

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, Directed and produced by Mary Dore

Reviewed by Debra Minkoff

A Working-Class Tale of Embodiment and Belonging

Two Days, One Night, Directed by Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne

Reviewed by Christopher Baum

Making Music Pay

Unfree Masters: Recording Artists and the Politics of Work, By Matt Stahl

Reviewed by Tom Juravich

Capitalism versus the Earth

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, By Naomi Klein

Reviewed by Brian K. Obach

“What Part of ‘Illegal’ Don’t You Understand?”

Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal, By Aviva Chomsky

Reviewed by John Trumpbour

Out of the Mainstream: Books and Films You May Have Missed

By Matt Witt

Poetry

Letters to the Editor

 

Spring 2015

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Under the Radar
By Sarah Jaffe
Unreported and under-reported news and views that matter.

On the Contrary
Green Capitalism Won’t Work
By Sean Sweeney

Reversing Climate Change: What Will It Take?
Protecting the Future: A Strategic Proposal To Stop Climate Change
By Jeremy Brecher
A constitutional insurgency can compel action.

War-Making as an Environmental Disaster
By Sheila D. Collins
Why ignoring the relationship between militarism and climate change will lead to more of both.

The Strange Career of the Voting Rights Act: Selma in Fact and Fiction

By Adolph Reed Jr.
The VRA as historic accomplishment and vehicle of the black middle class.

Broken Policing: The Origins of the “Broken Windows” Policy
By J. Phillip Thompson
“Broken Windows” was conceived in racial and class bias.

Does the Working Families Party Work? An Appraisal of Twenty-five Years of Semi-independent Politics
By Ted Fertik
Creating a vehicle for working-class political influence.

The Marxist Moment
Marxism and Little Magazines: Gathering in the Newest Left
By Nikil Saval
A short history of the new intellectual appeal of Marxism.

The Collapse of Europe? What Next After Greece?
By John Feiffer
Is the European Union inevitable, necessary or disposable?

$15 Per Hour or Bust: An Appraisal of the Higher Wages Movement
By Stephanie Luce
How raising wages became a cause célèbre. 

Labor and Argentina’s Stalled Recovery: More Activism, Less Coherence
By René Rojas
Why Latin America’s most vibrant labor movement is losing ground, even under a post neoliberal regime. 

Sex Workers Join the Indian Labor Movement
By Gowri Vijayakumar, Shubha Chacko, and Subadra Panchanadeswaran
Why the Kanataka Sex Workers insist on their identity as laborers and their right to unionize.

Home Care: The Fastest Growing Low-Wage Industry
By Candace Howes
Why home care is at the focus of so many regulatory challenges and worker organizing campaigns.

 

Roots of Rebellion
Non-majority North Carolina: Cummins Diesel Engine Workers
Breathe New Life into an Old Organizing Model
By Mariya Strauss

Organized Money: What Is Corporate America Thinking?
Party Like It’s 2005
By Max Fraser

Books and the Arts

Precariat Organizing in India: A Politics of Recognition and Redistribution
Informal Labor, Formal Politics, and Dignified Discontent in India
By Rina Agarwala
Reviewed by Ruth Milkman

Sex Work and the Law
Life Interrupted: Trafficking into Forced Labor in the United States
By Denise Brennan
Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work
By Melissa Gira Grant
Reviewed by Svati P. Shah

Labor Rights and Labor Standards in the Global Economy
The Promise and Limits of Private Power: Promoting Labor Standards in a Global Economy
By Richard M. Locke
Human Rights and Labor Solidarity: Trade Unions in the Global Economy
By Susan L. Kang
Reviewed by Michael Fichter

Is Global Governance the Solution for Labor?
Global Unions, Local Power: The New Spirit of Transnational Labor Organizing
By Jamie K. McCallum
Reviewed by Marcel Paret

Out of the Mainstream: Books and Films You May Have Missed
By Matt Witt

Poetry

 

 

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From the Editorial Team

Under the Radar
By Sarah Jaffe
Unreported and under-reported news and views that matter.

On the Contrary
FREE Why Labor Should Support Class-Based Affirmative Action FREE
By Richard D. Kahlenberg

Race Still Matters: The Continued Need for Race-Conscious Admissions Policies
By Julie J. Park

Schools for Sale
FREE The Charter School Challenge FREE
By Leo Casey
How charter schools and public schools privatize education and imperil our democracy.

FREE Education with a Debt Sentence: For-Profit Colleges as American Dream Crushers and Factories of Debt FREE
By Hannah Appel and Astra Taylor
How for-profit colleges turn dreams into nightmares.

Surveying the Political Landscape
FREE After the Fall: An Autopsy of the Midterms FREE
By Michael Hirsch
Analyzing the political incoherence of the Democratic Party.

Does De Blasio’s Win Represent the Birth of a New Urban Populism?
By J. Phillip Thompson
Is populism in one city possible?

The Marxist Moment
Marxism and Morals Today
By Steven Lukes
Dissecting Marx’s ambivalent approach to morality.

The Civil Rights Act: A Retrospective
FREE “The Sanctity of Private Property”: The Civil Rights Act and the Limitations of American Liberalism FREE
By William P. Jones
Did the Civil Rights Act skirt the issue of economic deprivation?

Powerless at Home, Dangerous Abroad: The Civil Rights Act According to Malcolm X
By Stephen Tuck
Why Malcolm X considered the Civil Rights Act a Trojan Horse.

Immigration Reform vs. Economic Stagnation
FREE Comprehensive Immigration Reform and U.S. Labor Markets: Dilemmas for Progressive Labor FREE
By David Stoll
The immigration reform bill serves business, but would it make things harder for workers?

FREE Dreamers Unbound: Immigrant Youth Mobilizing FREE
By Walter J. Nicholls and Tara Fiorito
Should the Dreamers movement have to prove its middle-class respectability?

Tale from Malawi
By Paula Finn

Malpractice by the Labor Movement: Relinquishing the Fight for Occupational Health and Safety in California
By Garrett Brown
Why a once-robust struggle to safeguard the workplace has grown so anemic.

Economic Prospects
A Progressive Economic Agenda
By Mike Konczal

Organized Money: What Is Corporate America Thinking?
The Bad Math behind Corporate America’s Education Agenda
By Max Fraser

Books and the Arts
The Politics of Piketty
Capital in the Twenty-first Century By Thomas Piketty
Reviewed by Peter Frase

Teachers Unions at a Fork in the Road
Strike for America: Chicago Teachers against Austerity By Micah Uetricht
How to Jump-Start Your Union: Lessons from the Chicago Teachers A Labor Notes Book
Reviewed by Robert Bruno

Social Justice in Agriculture: Perspectives from France and the United States
Labor and the Locavore: The Making of a Comprehensive Food Ethic By Margaret Gray
Food, Farms, & Solidarity: French Farmers Challenge Industrial Agriculture and Genetically Modified Crops By Chaia Heller
Reviewed by Christy Getz

Out of the Mainstream: Books and Films You May Have Missed
By Matt Witt

Poetry

Letter to the Editors

Winter 2014

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From the Editorial Team

Under the Radar
By Sarah Jaffe
Unreported and under-reported news and views that matter.

On the Contrary
(FREE) Impossible Unity: Adjuncts and Tenure-Track Faculty (FREE)
By Ivan Greenberg

(FREE) Solidarity: An Argument for Faculty Unity (FREE)
Max Page & Eve S. Weinbaum, and Ivan Greenberg

The Mounting Guerilla War against the Reign of Walmart
By John Logan
Why and how has the long battle at Walmart begun to gather steam?

Immigration Reform: Corporate Demands Trump Human Rights
By Michelle Chen
What does the current round of immigration reform say about the alignment of diverse stakeholders?

The Golden Dawn: The Financial Crisis and Greek Fascism’s New Day
By Nicholas Toloudis
Why did a fascist party benefit so dramatically from the meltdown in Greece?

The Disaster Inside the Disaster: Hurricane Sandy and Post-Crisis Redevelopment
By Miriam Greenberg
How uneven redevelopment has transformed the post-disaster city in the U.S.

The UAW’s Do-or-Die Battle in Canton
By Joseph B. Atkins
Can the UAW crack foreign-owned auto in the Sunbelt?

Looking Back at the Labor Party: An Interview with Mark Dudzic
By Derek Seidman & Adolph Reed Response

Why Teachers’ Unions Make Such Useful Scapegoats
By Rebecca Kolins Givan
Why does public vitriol against teachers’ unions far exceed that leveled against nurses’ unions, for example?

The Precariat a Bit Less Precarious in Mumbai
By Madhumanti Sardar
How precarious workers won big at India’s largest privately-owned electrical supplier.

Working-Class Voices in Contemporary America
Calling All Carwasheros
By Patricio Santiago and Sebastian Sanchez

Economic Prospects      

Coal Miners and the Green Agenda
By Robert Pollin

Roots of Rebellion
A guide to insurgencies from coast to coast.

Community Organizing for the Long Haul: An Interview with Amy Schur
By Peter Dreier

Organized Money: What Is Corporate America Thinking?

The Affordable Care Attack
By Max Fraser

Books and the Arts

It’s Good to Be King: The Crisis Documentary and the American Dreamscape
Heist: Who Stole the American Dream Directed by Donald Goldmacher and Frances Causey
You’ve Been Trumped Directed by Anthony Baxter
The Queen of Versailles Directed by Lauren Greenfield
Reviewed by Jeremy Varon

Local Power Dynamics and the Enforcement of Immigrant Worker Rights

Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and HoustonBy Shannon Gleeson
Reviewed by Kati L. Griffith

Washington State Mayworks and Cultural Organizing
By Lynne Dodson and Sarah Laslett

 Lessons of Lettuce Picking and 1970s Workplace Organizing
Lettuce Wars: Ten Years of Work and Struggle in the Fields of California
By Bruce Neuburger
Reviewed by Steve Early

Out of the Mainstream: Books and Films You May Have Missed
By Matt Witt

Poetry

Letter to the Editors

Spring 2014

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From the Editorial Team
Under the Radar
By Sarah Jaffe
Unreported and under-reported news and views that matter.

On the Contrary
(Free) The Problems with Work (FREE)
By Kathi Weeks

(Free) The Business Lobby and the Tea Party (FREE)
By Kim Phillips-Fein
Analyzing the fratricide inside the GOP.

The Marxist Moment
Rethinking Marxism and Imperialism for the Twenty-first Century
By Leo Panitch
How the U.S. exercises imperial control in the post-colonial world.

Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: How Corporate Power Shaped the Affordable Care Act
By Kevin Young and Michael Schwartz
A case study of the way corporate interests drive government policymaking.

Courts vs. Unions: Speech and Association Rights under Fire
By Catherine Fisk
Can labor laws survive the Supreme Court’s assault?

The Case for Debt Resistance
By Ann Larson
Mobilizing resistance to debt can unlock collective power.

What Type of Public Transit for What Type of Public?
By Kafui A. Attoh
The transportation justice movement faces off against Silicon Valley.

(FREE) Yelp and Labor Discipline: How the Internet Works for Capitalism (FREE)
By Joshua Sperber
How consumers have become the restaurant industry’s unpaid supervisors.

Strengthening Labor Standards Compliance through Co-production of Enforcement
By Janice Fine
A proposal for improved labor law enforcement.

The Story of Eulogio Solanoa: Photographs and Oral History
By David Bacon
A photo essay documenting the life and landscape of a Mexican farm laborer.

Working-Class Voices of Contemporary America
The Most Personal Training of All
By Josmar Javier Trujillo

Economic Prospects
The Eurozone Crisis: Shredding the Post-war Bargain
By Gerald Epstein

Roots of Rebellion
A guide to insurgencies from coast to coast.

Music and Movements:
The Tradition Continues
By Peter Dreier and Dick Flacks

Organized Money: What Is Corporate America Thinking?
The End of the (Tea) Party?
By Max Fraser

Books and the Arts

Globalization and the American State
The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire By Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin
Reviewed by Monica Prasad

Cooperative Alternatives in the Twenty-first Century
Shift Change Produced by Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young
Nothing Like Chocolate Directed by Kum-Kum Bhavnani
Reviewed by Vishwas Satgar and Michelle Williams

Panther Nostalgia as History
Black against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party By Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin Jr.
Reviewed by Cedric Johnson

The Lasting Effects of De-industrialization
Exit Zero: Family and Class in Postindustrial Chicago By Christine J. Walley
Reviewed by John Russo

Fall 2014

Fall 2014

Contents
From the Editorial Team

Under the Radar
By Sarah Jaffe
Unreported and under-reported news and views that matter.

On the Contrary
(Free) Whose Side Are You On? (FREE)
By Andrew Ross

(Free) Engage, Don’t Divest, from Israel (FREE)
By Jo-Ann Mort

The Changing Faces of Poverty and Inequality

(FREE) How We Once Came to Fight a War on Poverty (FREE)
By Frances Fox Piven
Why we waged a war on poverty and what we won.

Wage Inequality: A Story of Policy Choices
By Lawrence Mishel, John Schmitt, and Heidi Shierholz
The overlooked reason for the burgeoning income gap.

The Time Crunch: Will Labor Lead?
By Dan Clawson and Naomi Gerstel
Why American workers might join organized labor in a fight to control work hours.

If Not Now, When? A Labor Movement Plan to Address Climate Change
By Jeremy Brecher, Ron Blackwell, and Joe Uehlein
How labor can champion a movement against global warming and for economic justice.

Curbing the Consequences: Achieving Better Outcomes for Workers in Municipal Bankruptcies
By Iris J. Lav
What sunk our bankrupt cities and who should bail them out?

An Accident in History
By Rich Appelbaum and Nelson Lichtenstein
A strategy for ending the global sweatshop.

Dirty Jobs, Done Dirt Cheap: Working in Reality Television
By Gabriel Winant
Reality TV tells fairy tales about work.

A Year for Revision
By Ari Paul
Internal union reform and self-critique provided the silver lining in labor’s stormy weather.

Domestic Workers Go Global: The Birth of the International Domestic Workers Federation
By Eileen Boris and Jennifer N. Fish
The first international labor federation run by women for work dominated by women.

Economic Prospects
How Policymakers Can Help the Long-term Unemployed
By Mike Konczal

Roots of Rebellion
A guide to insurgencies from coast to coast.

The Battle over the Minimum Wage, City by City
By Peter Dreier

Organized Money: What Is Corporate America Thinking?

Courting Disaster
By Max Fraser

Books and the Arts

Chávez in Hollywood: A Roundtable
Cesar Chavez
Directed by Diego Luna
Reviewed by Bruce Neuburger, Miriam Pawel, Frank Bardacke, and Randy Shaw

Dystopia or Utopia? Alternative Visions of the City of Detroit
Detropia
Directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady

We Are Not Ghosts
Directed by Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young
Reviewed by Heidi Gottfried

Chicken and Shrimp: Two Perspectives on Globalization
The Chicken Trail: Following Workers, Migrants, and Corporations across the Americas
By Kathleen C. Schwartzman
Buoyancy on the Bayou: Shrimpers Face the Rising Tide of Globalization
By Jill Ann Harrison
Reviewed by John M. Talbot

Political Impotence . . . Union Made
Enough Blame to Go Around: The Labor Pains of New York City’s Public Employee Unions
By Richard Steier
Reviewed by John Krinsky

The Perils of Putting Profits before Patients
Cleaning Up: How Hospital Outsourcing Is Hurting Workers and Endangering Patients
By Dan Zuberi
Reviewed by Rebecca Kolins Givan

Out of the Mainstream: Books and Films You May Have Missed
By Matt Witt

Poetry