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Jane McAlevey on labor organizing after teacher strikes & Janus decision



On today’s edition of Your Call, listen to our conversation with labor organizer and writer Jane McAlevey.

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that public sector unions can no longer collect agency fees from nonmembers, which was a major blow to labor organizers. McAlevey discusses how this will impact workers, how recent public sector strikes have shifted the labor landscape, and how unions can return to the democratic strategies that won them their past success. What does the future of labor organizing look like?


Jane McAlevey, environmental and labor organizer, postdoctoral fellow in the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School, and author of No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age

Web Resources:

WNYC: The Case for Unions

New York Times: Behind a Key Anti-Labor Case, a Web of Conservative Donors

Jacobin: Betting on the Working Class


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.