Articles in Labor

The Boss is Watching

Businesses sit on a treasure trove of employee surveillance data, which is a threat to working class power and to a dignified work experience.

Why You Hate Your Job

A theory on the function of bullshit jobs: to maintain the illusion of meritocracy and to provide status and prestige for elites.

How the Amazon Labor Union Defeated the Bezos Behemoth

Union member and Amazon worker Justine Medina on how workers achieved their historic victory when many doubted them.

The Left Must Be Ruthlessly Strategic

There is a difference between political actions that are expressive and those that are tactical. We have to act on the basis of what works, not what feels noble.

Organizing Against Precarity in Higher Education

As faculty positions become more like gig work, the future of higher education will depend on unionized workers.

Publications Must Pay Their Writers, Period

It’s non-negotiable. Writers should refuse to produce uncompensated work, and publications should be shamed when they ask for it.

John Henry and the Divinity of Labor

Variations in the legend of a steel driving man tell us about differing American views of the value and purpose of work.

The Luddites Were Right

Gavin Mueller’s “Why You Should be Breaking Things at Work” makes a persuasive case for the Luddites. So why have so many people—including your favorite Communist philosophers—insisted that they were wrong?

‘Crunch’ Is No Cheat Code for Better Video Games

The arms race between studios is burning out developers, and nobody is benefitting except the bosses.

The Subminimum Wage Has Got to Go

Paying workers $7.25 an hour is cruel. Paying them even less is inhumane.

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