Michael Arria covers labor and social movements. Follow him on Twitter: @michaelarria
Police Union Is Lobbying To Expand Powers To Tase People Who Don’t Pose a Threat
The San Francisco Police Officers Association is aggressively pushing a ballot measure that would allow police to use tasers on members of the public even if they aren't violently resisting. If passed,... MORE
Working · May 17, 2018
Prisoners Are Organizing a Nationwide Strike Against “Modern-Day Slavery”
Prisoners across the country say they are gearing up for an end-of-summer nationwide strike against inhumane living conditions and unpaid labor—or, in their words, “modern-day slavery.” MORE
Working · May 3, 2018
Tesla Workers Say Elon Musk is a Union Buster. The NLRB Just Gave Their Case a Boost.
Tesla factory workers have been trying for months to win restitution for the company’s alleged union-busting and harassment. Now, a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) complaint against the company appears to... MORE
Working · April 12, 2018
Trump Is Making It Harder for Low-Wage Workers to Organize, But This Fast Food Union Could Win
Workers at a Burgerville in Portland, Oregon declared on March 26 that they will file for a federal union election. If union campaigners win, the restaurant will become the first federally recognized fast food... MORE
Working · April 3, 2018
Kentucky Teachers Are Protesting and Walking Off the Job to Save Their Pensions—And Winning
Thousands of teachers across Kentucky have protested against proposed cuts to their pension benefits in recent weeks, and last Wednesday more than 60 of the state’s schools closed while their... MORE
Working · March 22, 2018
Prisoners Across Florida Went on Strike. Instead of Fair Wages, They Got Solitary.
On January 15, people incarcerated across Florida kicked off a work stoppage at eight prisons, demanding fair pay for their labor and improved living conditions. They dubbed the coordinated protest Operation... MORE
Working · March 19, 2018
As Goes West Virginia? Oklahoma’s Rank-and-File Teachers Are Gearing up For a Strike.
Drawing inspiration from the victory in West Virginia, teachers in Oklahoma are fighting for a raise, and many are prepared to strike if necessary. Their union, the Oklahoma Education Association (OEA), announced yesterday... MORE
Working · March 8, 2018
The FBI Questioned a Black Man About Racist Extremists in Charlottesville—Now He Could Go to Prison
Authorities are arresting and charging anti-racist demonstrators for events connected to the Unite the Right rally, even though it was white supremacists who unleashed violence on the town. MORE
Features · February 21, 2018
West Virginia Teachers Are Staging a Statewide Strike. Here’s Why.
Update: On Feb. 22, teachers across West Virginia walked out on strike, closing down every public school in the state. Teachers and service personnel across West Virginia are planning to strike on Feb. 22... MORE
Working · February 20, 2018
Trump’s Hometown Teaches a Lesson in How to Resist His Workplace Immigration Crackdown
During the early morning hours of January 10, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents raided 98 7-Eleven convenience stores across the United States, demanding that managers provide paperwork for their employees. ICE ultimately arrested 21 workers,... MORE
Working · January 30, 2018