Alexandra Bradbury

In a weeklong strike, 5,000 Minnesota nurses are defending a health plan that's an oasis of decency—and battling the hospital chain's cost-cutting scheme to hand over staffing decisions to a robot.

An organizer has to learn to recognize the existing networks and natural leaders, who may be hidden in plain sight.

“We’ve taken just normal, everyday grandmothers and grandfathers, and we’ve made citizen lobbyists out of them.” Thousands of retired truckers have managed to apply the brakes to massive pension cuts—for now.

Steal These Secrets

I've been bowled over by the reception for our new book. But before you buy it, why not check out the parts we’re giving away for free?

How can you move people from passive to active supporters of the union, and incorporate them into your core group of organizers?

"If they can get away with something like this, what’s next?" asks retired trucker Brad Colesworthy. With pension cuts looming, at age 75 he’s back to work full-time, driving a school bus.

What a shot in the arm! The 2016 Labor Notes Conference was the biggest and best yet, and we're proud to debut our new book, Secrets of a Successful Organizer.

Labor has dodged a bullet—for now. But any union that takes the Supreme Court shakeup as a cue to go back to business as usual will be making a big mistake.

As the assault on union standards continues—wherever we still have them—glimmers of hope in 2015 came from below.

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