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New Blueprint for US Workplace: Ellen Bravo on the Fight for Paid Family Leave
Too many Americans are going to work sick or unable to take time to care for a family member. Ellen Bravo explains how we can change that. When American workers finally get paid family leave, it's ...
amybdean 07/23/2014 2 1 - -
"People Make Up Our City": Why Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage Is a Sign of Things to Come
First published at Truthout . For 100,000 working people in Seattle, a newly passed citywide minimum wage of $15 per hour will mean an increased standard of living - and recognition of their ...
amybdean 06/29/2014 3 7 1 -
Why Does the Obama Administration Keep Getting It Wrong on Education Policy?
Originally published at Truthout . Albert Shanker Institute executive director Leo Casey talks about community schools, public education, teacher evaluation, standardized testing, Common Core, the ...
amybdean 06/04/2014 3 10 - -
Will the Next Labor Movement Come from the South?
Originally published at Truthout . Corporate America - especially in the American South - doesn't seem to know the proper way to treat a guest. Guest workers have long been one of the most easily ...
amybdean 05/18/2014 3 11 2 -
Protecting Classrooms From Corporate Takeover: What Families Can Learn from Teachers’ Unions
Teachers have always held a cherished role in our society—recognized as professionals who know how to inculcate a love of learning in our children. But the "education reform" movement represented ...
amybdean 04/23/2014 3 8 - -
Beyond the Minimum Wage: Interview With Jobs With Justice's Sarita Gupta
Published originally at Truthout . Raising the minimum wage is an idea whose time has come. Long an important grass-roots demand, campaigns to raise the wage are taking place throughout the country.
amybdean 03/31/2014 1 3 - -
Can We Make Progressive Mayors Work for the People?
This article originally appeared at Trutout . It has become a cliché for progressives to vow that they'll hold politicians accountable after they help get them elected. But if everyone knows the ...
amybdean 03/17/2014 2 - - -
We Want to Have a Common Language: Carolina Jews for Justice Stand Out in the Moral Mondays Crowd
It can be isolating to be a progressive Jew in North Carolina. In a state where just 1% of the population identifies as Jewish, it can be tough just to find a religious community, let alone a ...
amybdean 02/24/2014 2 11 - -
"Our Food Is Dishonestly Priced"
Michael Pollan on the Food Movement's Next Goal of Justice for Food Workers Take a stroll through most grocery stores, and many of the products claim to be organically grown or locally sourced. The ...
amybdean 01/27/2014 40 82 2 -
Setback for Scalia in Attempt to Curtail Labor Rights
Last week the Supreme Court decided against ruling on a legal decision from a lower court which, if broadly applied, could have undermined some of the few remaining effective union organizing ...
amybdean 12/21/2013 4 13 1 -
Jews Show Solidarity with Immigrants in the Fight for Immigration Reform
Originally published at Tikkun . Jews understand what it means to start a new life in another country. As a nation of immigrants, the US welcomed and protected generations of Jews who fled ...
amybdean 11/11/2013 7 4 - -
Will the Tea Party Pay for the Shutdown?
Originally published at Truthout . The Tea Party lost big by forcing this fall's government shutdown, and it is slated to take a major hit in next year's midterm elections. Such is the current ...
amybdean 11/11/2013 7 9 - -
North Carolina, Come On and Rise Up
This past summer, "Moral Mondays" in North Carolina emerged as the locus of one of the country's most insistent state-level movements against extremist efforts to slash the social safety net and ...
amybdean 10/30/2013 7 11 - -
How Domestic Workers Won Their Rights: Five Big Lessons
This article appeared originally in YES! Magazine . Domestic workers have had some breakthrough wins over the past two weeks. Up until then, these workers were excluded from protections such as a ...
amybdean 10/15/2013 2 3 - -
A Top-Down Urban Revolution
This article appears in its entirety at In These Times . At a time when federal lawmaking is at a near standstill, with Republicans in Congress blocking any bold responses to economic stagnation, ...
amybdean 09/24/2013 2 4 - -
A Jewish Fight for Public Education
Originally published in the Jewish Daily Forward . Jews hold education sacred, and for good reason. An educated citizenry is a necessary precondition for any democracy. Similarly, for Jews of the ...
amybdean 09/10/2013 3 4 - -
Alt-Labor Day, 2013
Originally published at the Boston Review . Fast food workers in dozens of cities staged a national day of strikes on Thursday, August 29. The action sought to galvanize public support for a living ...
amybdean 08/31/2013 1 1 - -
Putting Workers on TV: MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on Bringing Labor to Prime Time
While the days when every city paper had a labor beat may be gone, Hayes is finding new ways to get the issues facing workers into the national conversation. Originally published at YES! Magazine .
amybdean 08/18/2013 3 15 1 -
Transforming Social Work into Social Change: Meet the Avodahniks
Hannah Gelder is moving into a new office. Since she has to pack boxes, keep her appointments with seniors concerned about their Medicare benefits and attend community meetings on how to make sure ...
amybdean 08/06/2013 2 3 1 -
Are Street Protests Next in the Fight Over Education Reform?
July 31, 2013 | This article appeared in the August 19-26, 2013 edition of The Nation. Showdowns in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York City and beyond have turned out parents and teachers in ...
amybdean 08/05/2013 13 2 - -
Economy of the Squeegee: Carwasheros Organizing Across the Country
Originally posted at []. In major urban centers, car washing is an industry that relies on full-time labor. Like ...
amybdean 07/18/2013 1 2 - -
Why the Revival of US Labor Might Start with Nonunion Workers
Originally published by [ Yes! Magazine]. The AFL-CIO's community affiliate, Working America, is ...
amybdean 07/11/2013 4 10 - -
Can Unions and Cooperatives Join Forces? An Interview With United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard
As the economic crisis festers for many long-term unemployed and underemployed people, the idea of worker-owned and worker-run cooperatives has become ever more appealing as a possible pathway ...
amybdean 06/02/2013 7 15 1 -
"We are one community": Interview with Cindy Chavez, candidate for Santa Clara County Board of Sups
Cross-posted from Calitics. As a labor leader, Chavez considers helping working families to be among her core values. She received a meaningful education in public policy through her two terms on ...
amybdean 05/17/2013 1 15 - -
Fix it fair: Repair our crumbling infrastructure the right way
Cross-Posted from the Boston Review. Seventy thousand bridges in America are structurally deficient. Fixing this and other critical problems with our national infrastructure is a policy no-brainer.
amybdean 04/04/2013 11 15 1 -
Why Immigration is a Top Priority for US Labor
My Q& A with the AFL-CIO's Maria Elena Durazo. Crossposted from
amybdean 03/05/2013 2 5 - -
E-Verify: Bad for Both Businesses and Employees
This was crossposted from Crain's Chicago Business.
amybdean 02/18/2013 6 4 - -
Do You Give As Much Thought To Restaurant Workers As You Do To Your Organic Chicken?
My interview with Saru Jayaraman of Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United. Crossposted from Truthout.
amybdean 01/31/2013 4 17 - -
Immigration Reform Must Include Workers' Rights
As we evaluate the reform bills in Congress, we've got to remember that immigrants' rights are workers' rights.
amybdean 01/29/2013 1 2 - -
Labor Becomes Part of the National Conversation: The Best and Worst of 2012
This was a tumultuous year for working people and their families. From the grassroots uprisings last winter to the low-wage workers’ strikes at year’s end, 2012 saw many people coming together ...
amybdean 12/26/2012 5 7 1 -
Walmart Organizing Comes of Age: An Interview With UFCW Organizing Director Pat O'Neill
United Food and Commercial Workers' Pat O'Neill talks about the difficulty of organizing retail and the new tactics that have been developed, shoppers' support and Walmart workers' extraordinary ...
amybdean 11/25/2012 4 21 1 -
Help Obama Find His Shoes
President Barack Obama’s re-election is a huge relief—we dodged the Romney/Ryan bullet. However, that’s not the same as winning a better future. If Obama’s first term is a prologue to the ...
amybdean 11/20/2012 7 4 - -
How Teachers Unions Lead the Way to Better Schools
I have a concern: Teachers are getting pummeled. Too often, they are being demonized in the media and blamed by politicians for being the cause of bad schools. Right-wing governors, power-hungry ...
amybdean 11/20/2012 7 10 - -
President Obama Reelected—But Where Is the Pathway to Good Jobs?
With Barack Obama’s reelection last night, we witnessed the labor movement once again, as in every successful Democratic presidential race in recent decades, saving the president. Its ground ...
amybdean 11/07/2012 21 7 - -
Lesson From Chicago: We Need Resources and Accountability to Avoid a Two-Tiered Education System
The Chicago teachers' strike may be over, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel may have replaced the Chicago schools CEO, but the underlying issues that caused the rift between teachers and public schools ...
amybdean 10/26/2012 3 1 - -
The Betrayal of America's Middle Class Was a Choice, Not an Accident
The outsourcing of good jobs, the elimination of pensions, rampant home foreclosures; skyrocketing higher education costs and mounting debt: Given these stark realities, the American middle class ...
amybdean 10/03/2012 6 17 1 58
The Top Takeaway from the Teachers' Strike: We Need Collaboration to Fix Public Schools
This was originally posted at the Huffington Post and cross-posted at Firedoglake.
amybdean 09/19/2012 4 4 - 26
Rooting Out the Fake Job Creators
Without serious accountability, the rallying cry for more "job creation" is likely to amount to nothing more than empty rhetoric. **** This commentary was first posted at
amybdean 09/09/2012 3 4 - 39
Prop 32's Rich Backers Trying to Bully Working People Out of Politics...Again
Reposted from The Huffington Post and crossposted at Firedoglake.
amybdean 09/05/2012 5 11 1 61
Should Labor Boycott Charlotte?
Holding the party fête in the least unionized state in the country hasn't done much to repair the frayed friendship between unions and Democrats.
amybdean 09/01/2012 33 3 - 128
Why Boycotting Hyatt is More Than Just a Union Issue
My interview with activist Cleve Jones on the coalition behind the Hyatt Hurts campaign. This diary is cross-posted from
amybdean 08/18/2012 2 5 - 42
Why are working people invisible in the mainstream media? My interview with Barbara Ehrenreich
This diary is cross-posted from Truthout. I spoke with Ehrenreich about this crisis of economic insecurity, about the invisibility of working people in the mainstream media, and about the current ...
amybdean 07/23/2012 13 27 1 140
After the 99% Spring: What Comes Next
This article was originally posted on An interview with Ilana Berger and Tracy Van Slyke of The New Bottom Line. By Amy Dean As a still-recent addition to the organizing scene, The ...
amybdean 07/02/2012 1 2 - 41
What Can Labor Win if It Backs Obama's Re-Election?
This article was originally posted on Amy Dean talks to Richard Kahlenberg and Richard Bensinger about reforms that could finally give battle-weary union members a reason to send ...
amybdean 05/25/2012 4 2 - 44
Coming to a Bankster's Mansion Driveway Near You: Occupy Our Homes
This article was originally posted on . An interview with Amy Schur of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment. As one of the more promising offshoots of the Occupy ...
amybdean 03/13/2012 15 12 1 83
We Want Our Money Back
This article was originally posted on The American Prospect. One can understand why North Carolinians hold a grudge against Dell Computers. In 2009, the company shuttered its Winston-Salem plant, ...
amybdean 03/07/2012 9 16 - 134
How "Occupy Our Homes" Can Win
This article was originally posted on . An interview with anti-eviction organizer Steve ...
amybdean 02/02/2012 5 9 1 55
America's Middle Class Is Dangling Without a Safety Net
Two newspaper stories from last week said a lot about the state of the inequality debate in America. Last Wednesday, the New York ...
amybdean 01/13/2012 9 8 - 44
The 99 Percent Takes Office: Lessons From a Rhode Island Special Election
If labor and other progressive groups are going to rebuild an economy that works for the 99 percent in America, they need to do great organizing in workplaces and communities and they also need to ...
amybdean 12/04/2011 4 25 1 107
How Progressives Won the Labor Rights Showdown in Ohio
This article was originally posted on . Last week, the labor movement and its allies scored a ...
amybdean 11/28/2011 5 3 - 55
Unity Is Strength for Progressives
Originally posted on Business and liberal elites have long invested in developing ...
amybdean 11/04/2011 2 3 - 24
What's a Jew to do?
Originally posted on In the United States during the 1930s, revolution was in the air. With the ...
amybdean 11/02/2011 2 3 - 74
Occupy Wall Street and America’s Democratic Tradition
cross-posted from Democracy: A Journal of Ideas I was ...
amybdean 10/27/2011 2 4 1 25
New "Unity Unions" Self-Organize to Confront Workplace Abuses
The last five years have been grim and isolating ones for immigrants and working people, right? Overall, this may be the case, but if you talk with organizers at Fuerza Laboral, an independent ...
amybdean 10/20/2011 7 16 3 94
What Role for Labor in the Progressive Uprising? A Conversation With Stephen Lerner
No force did more to build the American middle class than organized labor. In recent decades, however, unions have been decimated. Despite concerted efforts to turn the tide, the movement now ...
amybdean 10/07/2011 3 5 - 33
Taking Back Labor Day
While many would say there is little for working people to celebrate as we approach this Labor Day, I see new hope in the rising number of working people standing up to fight back for themselves and ...
amybdean 09/05/2011 2 4 - 28
Unions as Leaders for Better Schools: An Exclusive Interview With Randi Weingarten
Parents, teachers and students across the country are busy preparing for the return to school in the fall. For teachers, anticipating the needs their students will have in the new school year goes ...
amybdean 08/24/2011 2 2 - 28
What’s the Real Lesson of Wisconsin for Progressives?
Despite coming up short of retaking control of the Wisconsin Senate, yesterday's recall elections sent a clear signal to conservative politicians who are using false pretenses to slash social safety ...
amybdean 08/10/2011 2 6 - 51
The Fight for a Progressive America Begins Today - and Does Not End in 2012
A couple of days ago, a friend was telling me about two competing rallies that took place in Washington, DC, last weekend. In the first, about 50 people attended a Tea Party rally calling for ...
amybdean 08/05/2011 3 4 - 32
Local Energy, National Breakthroughs: Deepak Bhargava of the Center for Community Change
"Staying true to progressive traditions means always asking the question, 'Who is really getting the most screwed in our society?' and always having a commitment to going there." That's how Deepak ...
amybdean 07/22/2011 3 2 - 20
Breaking Down the Silos: Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement
"We don't want just a seat at the table. We want to run the table," Hugh Espey, the executive director of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement , said to me. "...
amybdean 07/14/2011 1 6 - 28
A Smart Start for the Workers of OUR Walmart?
This month, workers at Walmart formed a group called the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart). The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union is investing seed money in this ...
amybdean 07/14/2011 2 3 - 42
Exclusive: Van Jones on What We Can Learn From the Tea Party
In late June, Van Jones - a former "green jobs" czar in the Obama administration and currently a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress - officially launched a new organization known as ...
amybdean 07/08/2011 7 28 - 104
Four Reasons for Hope in the Next Election Cycle - and One Reason Progressives Must Do More to Win
Just a few months ago, conservatives had the momentum, emerging victorious from the midterm elections and claiming a sweeping mandate for their policies. In states across the country, newly elected ...
amybdean 06/30/2011 3 3 - 64
Conservative Attacks Are a Losing Strategy, but Progressives Must Do More to Win
Electoral irregularities and promises of recounts have thrown into question the final outcome of the hotly contested race over a Wisconsin Supreme Court seat. Yet, these complications notwithstanding,
amybdean 04/15/2011 7 4 - 66
One Right-Wing Strategy Creates a Thousand Local Battles
Michigan? Ohio? Indiana? In the wake of Republican Governor Scott Walker's over-the-top attacks on public sector workers in Wisconsin, many people are asking which will be the next state to draw the ...
amybdean 03/22/2011 4 10 1 63
Thank You Governor Walker?
With 20 years in the labor movement under my belt, I looked at the actions taken last night by Wisconsin's Republican legislature and Governor Scott Walker and had an unusual response. It wasn't ...
amybdean 03/10/2011 12 17 - 92
Not a Union Member?: Why Should You Care About Wisconsin (or Ohio, or Michigan)
After two weeks of protests in Wisconsin, we are now watching demonstrations spread across the country. Over the weekend, the on-line advocacy group helped to mobilize tens of thousands ...
amybdean 03/01/2011 3 3 - 27
Wisconsin Shows Need to Move Beyond Scapegoats
The actions of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and other elected leaders who are following his lead speak to a striking failure of leadership: We live in an economy that has undergone massive ...
amybdean 02/22/2011 4 7 - 49
What We Want to Hear Next: The Fight for a Fairer Economy
While I admired so much of what I heard from the President last night; after the applause dies away, we have to face the next difficult stage of this national conversation. It’s the kind of ...
amybdean 01/26/2011 7 2 - 53
Mr. President: The Fight for the Middle Class Isn’t in Washington
Tuesday night the nation will focus its attention on the president’s State of the Union address, looking for solutions to the economic crisis in this country and in their own lives. We can ...
amybdean 01/20/2011 7 8 1 50
In Aftermath of Shootings, A Timely Call to Service
Twenty-five years ago, Congress established a federal holiday honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a national day of service. His message of tolerance and working to make ...
amybdean 01/17/2011 1 3 - 47
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of 2010
There's no sugarcoating it: 2010 was a rough year for progressives. Looking back, there were plenty of bad and some downright ugly moments for us, culminating in the Republican victories in the ...
amybdean 12/21/2010 1 3 - 41
Tax Cuts Create Jobs? Prove It.
Almost every piece of legislation passed in Washington these days is pushed forward in the name of creating jobs. Our elected officials are right to be concerned with the issue; Americans want ...
amybdean 12/14/2010 177 207 8 90
Fighting Back With a Progressive Agenda
It appears that Republicans have once again outmaneuvered Democrats on the tax issue this week. A sad continuation of events we are likely to see more of as Republicans prepare to enter the next ...
amybdean 12/06/2010 3 2 - 73
Winning the Next Election Starts Now
For me, there are two key lessons in moving beyond this year’s disastrous midterms. The first is that progressives need to build permanent grassroots infrastructure, so that they begin ...
amybdean 11/23/2010 5 3 - 67
The Roots of the Enthusiasm Gap Go Back to 1992
With the midterm elections only a few weeks away, pundits are buzzing with talk of a so called “enthusiasm gap”; one which has been characterized as a rift between revved-up ...
amybdean 10/13/2010 47 27 2 68
Moves Against Off-Shoring Should Be More Than a Political Afterthought
Yesterday, Democrats failed working people and demonstrated once more how wide the gulf has become between political rhetoric and tangible legislative results. I’m talking about the failure of ...
amybdean 09/29/2010 7 8 1 24
Labor and the Democrats: Accountability for Next Election Cycle Must Start Now
For those who question whether the labor movement is still relevant in the United States, the last two months before an election should clear up any doubts. This is the time period in which ...
amybdean 09/23/2010 4 3 - 22
Reviving Workers’ Rights in a New Economy
This Labor Day, we must consider how a new generation of unions can become relevant in a transformed economy.
amybdean 09/06/2010 4 5 1 180
Labor Day’s Legacy: A More Inclusive America
At some point in their lives, almost all parents think about making a will to ensure that their assets are passed on to the next generation. But material gains, of course, are the least of what ...
amybdean 09/02/2010 4 10 1 191
From Civil War to Labor Vision
The announcement of a settlement between two rivaling unions should be an occasion for us to refocus on what the labor movement is really about. By Amy B. ...
amybdean 07/27/2010 2 3 - 78
A Public Response to Public Sector Woes
In a time of tight budgets at the state level, government should be accountable to community needs and stop subsidizing the private sector. The recent Time magazine cover ...
amybdean 07/06/2010 7 6 - 149
Why Taking on Blanche Lincoln Was the Right Call + Building a Real Progressive Agenda
Challenges within the primaries allow us to define what it means to be a real Democrat—to insist that the party truly puts the interests of working people first. That’s what makes ...
amybdean 06/08/2010 66 30 3 82
Let's Have a Real Conversation About Jobs
By Amy B. Dean, Author of "A New New Deal: How Regional Activism Will Reshape the American Labor Movement" Amid a continuing crisis of double-digit unemployment in our country, ...
amybdean 02/25/2010 7 5 - 23
Obama's State of the Union Speech Critical, Unlikely to be Realized Without Strong Labor Movement
Obama's State of the Union Speech Critical, Unlikely to be Realized Without Strong Progressive Movement With Labor at the Core After more than two decades of rough-and-tumble ...
amybdean 01/29/2010 4 13 - 168
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