Alexandra Bradbury

We troublemakers keep hoping for the spark that will set a wildfire of workers in motion, like in 1937. But that takes legions of skilled, far-sighted activists. Unions' job is to train them up—through everyday struggles in the workplace.

Pete Seeger’s Grains of Sand

“If you want higher wages, let me tell you what to do: you got to talk to the workers in the shop with you,” begins a wonderful, funny talking blues that Seeger’s group, the Almanac Singers, wrote in 1941 to boost CIO organizing.

The point is to close more post offices—and minimize public outcry. Will customers take the bait?

Books to Give (or Keep)

Are you hunting for the perfect gift for the labor bookworms on your list? Or maybe you’re hungry for reading material to tide you over till Labor Notes’ next book? Here are some gems.

As employers seize upon the Obamacare excuse, grocery unions are struggling to keep part-timers in their health care plans.

A diverse slate of local leaders has won top seats in the American Postal Workers Union, promising to beat back contract concessions and organize a grassroots coalition to save the Postal Service.