Many national unions still haven’t endorsed in the presidential race. But no other candidate has the same history of walking the picket lines, fighting for worker rights, and fostering union organizing that Bernie Sanders does.
Steve Early was an organizer and international union representative for the Communications Workers of America in New England from 1980 to 2007. He was a founding member of Labor for Bernie and has authored four books on labor and politics, including Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City.
Martin Scorsese’s new film The Irishman continues Hollywood’s obsession with the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa. We’re more concerned with what happened to Teamster working conditions under his son, James P. Hoffa.
Republicans and centrist Democrats love to pour money into more and more wars. But when it comes to providing public health care for the soldiers they put in harm’s way, they try to privatize and starve vets’ programs. We have to stop them.
Thirty years ago this summer, 60,000 telephone workers walked off the job in New York and New England — and stayed out for seventeen weeks. Their struggle against NYNEX, a telecom giant, became one of labor’s few big strike victories, during a decade that began with the disastrous defeat of PATCO, the national air traffic controllers union.
When leftists push their ideals on their kids, politics looks more like drudgery than liberation.
Bernie Sanders has a long record of supporting pro-worker policies. Organized labor should back his presidential run.
The troublesome question of aging.