A Dearborn Heights fast-food (or quick-service, is there a difference?) restaurant has opted to pay their employees $12 an hour. This is following the wave of strikes and walkouts led by fast food workers across the country, including a historically … Continue reading
My latest for Socialist Worker is now online. It’s a report from the recent fast food workers strikes that took place in Detroit. THE STRIKES in Detroit, backed by a coalition that includes the Service Employees International Union and other … Continue reading
Detroit was once called the “Paris of the Midwest,” but following yesterday’s announcement by Republican Governor Rick Snyder that Detroit will run by an emergency manager, Detroit may be more accurately compared to Athens. In 2009, the troika–a political body … Continue reading
Wayne State University in Detroit has proposed a new contract that would radically redefine the terms for eliminating faculty. The school would be the first research university to effectively abolish tenure, said officials of the American Association of University Professors … Continue reading
The administration at Detroit’s Wayne State University, led by President Allan Gilmour, a superstar corporate boss from Ford Motor, Co. with no background in education, is trying to strip away tenure from faculty. When asked if the new contract would … Continue reading
Chicago’s teachers could strike a blow for organised labour globally
Not only is this the heart of Obama country, where unions are expected to play ball with the Democrats in an election year. It is also a city where, thanks to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, teachers are not allowed to strike unless more than 75% of union members vote for it.
Yet it is not just the local establishment that will be unsettled here. This is getting national attention in the US, and a strike could be an embarrassment to President Obama. Moreover, it could re-ignite the American labour movement at a time of global unrest.
In “Is debt the connective thread for OWS?” Jodi Dean raises some important questions around debt as a locus for organizing. Many of these questions confirm my own experience in organizing against student loan debt, others, others raise new matters, … Continue reading