August 27, 2015 -
Ten years after the New Orleans school system fired all its teachers and instituted near universal charter schools in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, test scores and graduation rates are up — but the gains have come with downsides. As other states attempt to replicate its model, there's much to learn from New Orleans.
January 9, 2014 -
To address the lack of representational equity for workers in the U.S. political system, some have proposed changing labor laws to allow employees at a particular workplace to form "political unions." But would that just replace hard-won gains in collective bargaining with a toothless form of worker activism?
February 19, 2013 -
The current debate over charter schools in Mississippi appears to be the latest battle in a longstanding war on public education -- and on teachers' unions.
January 11, 2013 -
The new year promises lots of action on the labor front -- and as always in the South, it comes with heavy baggage from the past.
October 15, 2012 -
In the hope that we are seeing a major turning point in the relationship between Wal-Mart and its workforce, it is worth looking back at the company's record to recall just how bad its behavior has been.
September 27, 2012 -
A remembrance of Victor Bussie, a longtime Louisiana labor leader who fought anti-union laws and whose home was bombed by the Klan.
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.