Brandon Weber


Brandon Weber has written for Upworthy, Liberals Unite, Big Think, and Good.Is magazine, mostly on economics, labor union history, and working people. He was author of Class War, USA: Dispatches from Workers’ Struggles in American History, from Haymarket Books. Brandon passed away on Jan. 1, 2020 at the age of fifty-six.

Legal restrictions on when and how workers can strike can bar them from influencing any real change in the workplace. That’s where “wildcat strikes” come in. Read more


West Virginia Teachers Walkout

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How striking West Virginians made history—again. Read more




“There’s about 30,000 half-breeds up in Robeson County and we are going to have some cross burnings and scare them up.” Read more

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Holiday, who throughout her career called public attention to the devastating impact of white supremacy, drew the notice of the Commissioner for the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. He ordered her to stop singing the song... Read more

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Davey MacBain

It was the first time—and likely the last—a state militia was called out in support of a striking union. Why? Because the governor of the state was elected by those very same striking workers and miners. Read more


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Francisco Laso, The Laundress, 1858. Image Public Domain.

The strike—a group of black women organizing against omnipresent discrimination to demand recognition and respect for their work—stands out in union history as a most unlikely success. Read more




This Veteran's Day, remembering some of our veterans who protected a country that did not protect them. Read more

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Union pins might be tiny, but they could be part of a larger effort to reinvigorate unions and push back against right-wing efforts to gut them. Read more

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Jack Delano

When black sharecroppers dared to demand a fair share. Read more


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The anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire marks the deadliest workplace disaster in New York City up until September 11, 2001. Read more

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Today is the 104th anniversary of just one of the five times Debs campaigned as a socialist for president. Read more

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Nat Cole may not have swung direct punches, but he did battle almost every day of his life. Read more


"They need a human response, not another failed politician to offer a handful of nothing.” Read more

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"Since the government’s not going to support us, we’ve got to do it ourselves." Read more

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A massacre so ghastly, many chose to forget it and hid it from textbooks and even oral histories for decades. Read more

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Aramark serves 380 million meals per year to correctional facilities across North America. Read more

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