Mark Brenner

After nearly two years of organizing and a grueling six-month strike, in February workers at Golan’s Moving and Storage in Skokie, Illinois, ratified their first contract.

Negotiations are stalled on the West Coast between 20,000 longshore workers and the major shipping companies. Employers are screaming over congestion that has ships stacking up outside ports.

Public sector unions need to upend the bipartisan consensus and put raising taxes back on the table—or else “it could have been worse” may be the best they’ll ever do.

Few unions have been willing to talk about higher taxes. But those who have called for raising taxes—on the rich, not on their fellow workers—have won public support.

Nurses, Teamsters, transit workers, Hong Kong dockworkers, Brazilian metalworkers, and Chicago teachers are just a few of those already registering for our 2014 conference. You should, too.

Politicians across the country are seizing on Detroit’s hard times as an excuse to trim public pensions closer to home. For them—and for bankers angling for a piece of the action—this could be the breakthrough they’ve been waiting for.

In a surprise move, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union announced its disaffiliation from the AFL-CIO. The news comes just a week before the federation is set to hold its national convention in L.A.

Tens of thousands of striking teachers and their allies marching through the streets of Chicago last fall had a back-story, a little-discussed trend in organized labor—reform movements.