Articles by Labor Notes

Bankruptcy returns as a tool to crack unions

March 6, 2012 - Corporations including Texas-based American Airlines and Hostess are turning to bankruptcy courts not because they can't pay their bills but because those courts allow them to negotiate with a hammer. While the options for unions aren't great, a few have shown that aggressive workplace mobilizing can beat back some of the worst.

Oil pipeline fight roils unions

November 11, 2011 - U.S. unions are bitterly split on whether an oil pipeline should be built between Canada and Texas. The conflict has hamstrung the Blue-Green Alliance, which unifies union and environmental efforts, as transit unions argue labor must look beyond its own interests.