Stories by Josh Eidelson

Josh Eidelson ( is a Nation contributor and was a union organizer for five years. He covers labor as a contributing writer at Salon and In These Times. Check out his blog or follow him on Twitter. subscribe to Josh Eidelson's feed

Posted on: Jun 28, 2012, Source: In These Times

Since Monday, ten postal workers and consumers have been hunger striking on behalf of the embattled U.S. Postal Service.

Posted on: Jun 18, 2012, Source: In These Times

The rare tactic of the sympathy strike represents a major escalation in the Teamsters' struggle with Republic Services, and it's poised to intensify this week.

Posted on: May 15, 2012, Source: In These Times

Teamsters Local 215 says it offered to extend the current contract into the future, but Republic insisted on eliminating pensions and replacing them with a 401(k).

Posted on: May 13, 2012, Source: Salon

State Republicans are terrified of pushing anti-union legislation -- and becoming targets like Wisconsin's governor.

Posted on: May 9, 2012, Source: In These Times

“Sotheby’s is selling The Scream–an artful interpretation of human anguish and suffering–while they continue to create anguish and suffering among their own workforce."

Posted on: May 3, 2012, Source: In These Times

This week, the EEOC ruled that transgender workers are protected under the Civil Rights Act and laid out guidelines restricting criminal background checks.

Posted on: Apr 15, 2012, Source: In These Times

The 46-to-15 vote is a major step forward in the Teamsters' campaign to transform the overwhelmingly nonunion port trucking industry.

Posted on: Apr 10, 2012, Source: In These Times

As progressive groups and unions make a deal to push for a tax increase on the rich coupled with a small sales tax hike, some wonder if they've compromised too much.

Posted on: Apr 8, 2012, Source: Salon

The union that kicked off Wisconsin's capitol occupation is conflicted over endorsing a recall candidate who may not roll back all of Walker's cuts.

Posted on: Mar 29, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Teamsters in Alabama went on strike against a giant garbage company--and in Seattle, New York and Ohio, workers joined them in solidarity, in a move that's usually illegal.

Posted on: Mar 20, 2012, Source: In These Times

With a changed economy, targeted concessions and an approaching primary, progressives mount a renewed push for a citywide law.

Posted on: Mar 18, 2012, Source: Salon

The Postal Service faces a threat greater than email or economics: Politics.

Posted on: Mar 5, 2012, Source: In These Times

Any unions that don’t reach deals with the airline in the next two weeks may have their new contract terms, and the number of layoffs, set directly by a bankruptcy judge.

Posted on: Feb 27, 2012, Source: In These Times

Apple's chosen a labor monitor to keep an eye on its FoxConn factory that has long been criticized by anti-sweatshop activists.

Posted on: Feb 26, 2012, Source: Salon

Occupy movement support and defiance of labor law yield a union victory in Washington state.

Posted on: Feb 22, 2012, Source: In These Times

The Komen controversy showed the brilliance of 'secondary boycotts'—and the injustice of punishing unions for using the same tactics.

Posted on: Feb 16, 2012, Source: AlterNet

A group of port workers in Los Angeles has filed for a rare union election, and another just ended a two-week strike that brought the Port of Seattle to a near standstill.

Posted on: Feb 14, 2012, Source: In These Times

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers's agreement with Trader Joe's is a significant step forward its efforts to bring fairness and accountability to the food industry.

Posted on: Feb 12, 2012, Source: In These Times

In a unanimous ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld for the first time a “ministerial exception” limiting the rights of employees under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Posted on: Jan 29, 2012, Source: In These Times

When Obama's new Chief of Staff was NYU executive vice president, school ceased recognizing the grad students' union.

Posted on: Jan 25, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Daniels’ response was the first to be delivered from a building surrounded by dozens of police cars and chanting activists, protesting his latest anti-union move.

Posted on: Jan 19, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The little-noticed National Labor Relations Board has somehow become red meat for Republican crowds in South Carolina.

Posted on: Nov 22, 2011, Source: In These Times

The program will no doubt boost Starbucks' image--and the density of red, white, and blue wristbands across America. But jobs? Not so much.

Posted on: Nov 2, 2011, Source: AlterNet

The nurses' union takes the movement for a financial transaction tax to the G-20 in Cannes.

Posted on: Oct 5, 2011, Source: AlterNet

This evening, labor support for the Occupy Wall Street movement will be on full display, as union members march from New York City Hall to Liberty Plaza.

Posted on: Sep 22, 2011, Source: AlterNet

House Republicans are aiming to dismantle the postal service, but their plans hinge on a few tall tales they've sold the American public.

Posted on: Aug 31, 2011, Source: Dollars and Sense

When Boeing tried to move production to South Carolina from Washington to avoid union workers, the NLRB stepped in and called it union-busting--and the GOP got mad.

Posted on: Aug 17, 2011, Source: AlterNet

A Bay Area union with a long history of progressive action settles a lawsuit over its Wisconsin solidarity action this April, but some of the workers question the agreement.

Posted on: Aug 11, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Trader Joe's pulls in some $8.5 billion per year, in part because of its progressive reputation. It's time for the company to sign a fair food agreement.

Posted on: Aug 5, 2011, Source: AlterNet

The successful union campaign at IKEA's first U.S. factory defies conventional wisdom that a competitive future requires a lower-wage, less unionized America.

Posted on: Jul 21, 2011, Source: AlterNet

A new report shows that no matter which budget plan we wind up with, some important programs will be getting cut.

Posted on: Jul 14, 2011, Source: Arguing the World/Dissent Magazine

Where are the everyday working people on popular television shows?

Posted on: Jul 12, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Nine recall elections over the next six weeks will help gauge the strength of the resistance effort against Scott Walker, and how long it will take to reverse his course.

Posted on: Jul 6, 2011, Source: Arguing the World/Dissent Magazine

Progressive groups find themselves on opposite sides over the merger of two telecom giants; do they support it and the possible spread of unions, or fight corporate consolidation?

Posted on: Jun 28, 2011, Source: In These Times

Apple tells its workers it's time to 'work different' -- and that means unfair compensation and benefits.

Posted on: Jun 13, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Activists across the country are pushing their cities and states to follow Connecticut's lead.