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Postmortem on Bessemer Amazon Defeat

by on April 13, 2021

First, we must recognize that the overwhelming vote against the union in Bessemer marks a decisive defeat, not to be under estimated.  It will undoubtedly have a dampening effect on other workers, especially given its broad media attention, and the high expectations of many.

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How Amazon’s Anti-Union Consultants Are Trying to Crush the Labor Movement

by on March 22, 2021

Workers at Amazon’s distribution center in Bessemer, Alabama are voting in a historic union election — whether to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). This is a mail-in NLRB ballot that will end on March 29. Last month, we discovered that, starting in January, Amazon had hired two prominent anti-union consultants, Russell Brown and Melissa Smith of Florida-based Road Warrior Productions (RWP), to assist with its campaign against the RWDSU.

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Collective Bargaining from All Sides in Higher Education

by on January 18, 2021

As we anticipate new political chances of addressing impediments to workers power,  we offer this video of a webinar that took place on October 19, 2020 with LAWCHA members Jon E. Bekken, Albright College, David Hamilton Golland, Governors State University, Nelson Ouellet, Université de Moncton, Naomi R Williams, Rutgers University.

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Wishbone of The Good Lord Bird: Historical Fiction and Poetic Truth

by on November 27, 2020

Showtime’s The Good Lord Bird uses the events around John Brown’s 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry to weave a fictional tale incorporating some basic insights and arguments about the nature of race in America.  It did its most impressive work in presenting the wide spectrum of diverse African American responses to slavery and, in the process, offering a better sense of their humanity. 

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