Opinion

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It’s not just Wisconsin: a nationwide counteroffensive is emerging

It is fair to say a new phase of a struggle is afoot, in which labor and its allies could turn the tables decisively in their favor.

Will America ever wake up?

The middle class is being decimated and the working class is being punished. What will it take for America, real America, not the corporate entity we have become, to wake up and fight back?

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Social movement unionism is coming alive

It wasn't long ago that a criticism directed at trade unions was they were only in it to service their members in exchange for dues. The happenings in Wisconsin blew all that to shreds.

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Chipotle fires Mexican workers for crime of working

Three months ago the chain that made its fortune selling Mexican food made by Mexican workers fired hundreds of them throughout Minnesota. Their crime was that they worked, but had no immigration papers.

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Poem of the week: Marge Piercy and workers of the world

Marge Piercy's writing almost always focuses on working class women and wide-ranging social concerns including a lifelong commitment to progressive social change.

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Triangle fire: then and now

While walking through the Evergreen Cemetery recently, located in Ridgewood Brooklyn, I came across a section dedicated to eight unidentified young women who died in the Triangle Shirtwaist fire on March 25, 1911.

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There were no outsiders in Madison

America called and they came. And it was immediate. Wave after wave of concerned citizens evolved into a tsunami of humanity that descended upon Madison, Wisconsin. As workers, students and everyday citizens with no political bent understood the Republicans' intent, they responded en masse.

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Routing the barbarians at the gate

The right-wing offensive is backfiring. But the battle is far from won.

New Yorkers play their part in national upsurge

The New York labor movement and its allies are playing an important role in the national upsurge against GOP bills targeting public workers but more broad unity and support is needed to advance progress.

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A 21-year-old signs up to recall Glenn Grothman

As nervous as I was, I knew in my mind that I was doing something very positive. Signing the recall petition gave me a sense of pride, something I hadn't felt in a long time.

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