Brian Tierney

Brian Tierney is a freelance labor journalist in Washington, DC. Read more of his work at Subterranean Dispatches, where this article first appeared.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 8:50am
The Fight for Jobs and Justice, Then and Now
It’s not everyday that the president of the United States talks about the last fight that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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Monday, August 22, 2011 - 8:28am
Unions End the Biggest Strike in Years—but the Battle for Verizon Workers Continues
The nation’s longest and largest strike in the age of austerity ended this weekend. But the labor standoff continues as 45,000 Verizon landline technicians and customer service employees on the East Coast will return to work on Tuesday without a new contract.
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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 5:00pm
­­­­Activists to Confront Georgia’s Juan Crow Racism this Weekend
The anti-immigrant police-state racism that began haunting immigrant communities in Arizona last year has arrived in Georgia – and it’s rotting the Peach State, both figuratively and literally.
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Monday, June 13, 2011 - 2:27pm
Taxicab Takeover: D.C. Drivers Organize to Defend Jobs
Amid the sweltering humidity at dusk in Washington, D.C., taxicab drivers line up their cars at a Sunoco gas station on the corner of 15th and U Street. The mostly African immigrant drivers circulate flyers among each other, discussing the fate of their jobs and making arguments about the need to organize. One driver pulls in and drops off a petition. “I got more signatures,” he says. He points to one of them. “This guy, he’s been driving for 28 years. And this one – 30 years driving.”
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 5:14am
Attacking the Memory of Workers’ Struggle
If you thought the bipartisan crusade against workers to roll back union rights would be enough to soften the saber rattling of corporate class warfare, think again. Not content with the legislative assault on workers’ rights in states like Wisconsin, Ohio and beyond, the corporate ideologues on the far right of the budget-cutting and union-busting onslaught are also going after the very history of labor struggle.
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Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 1:31pm
D.C. Nurses Union and the Fight for Health Care
As working-class people around the country brace for more budget cuts that, among other things, will further restrict their access to health care, the people providing that care have also been feeling the wrath of austerity – and its attendant national offensive against unions. Public and private hospitals are squeezing their budgets and cutting nurse staffing levels. From Massachusetts to California, understaffing and the resultant decline in patient safety have been at the center of a larger attack on nurse unionism.
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Monday, April 18, 2011 - 6:46am
US Uncut: The New Movement against Austerity and Corporate Tax Cheats
By Monday April 18th most Americans will have finished filing their taxes, helping to boost government revenue at a time when the only thing most politicians care to discuss is how to cut the deficit.
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 11:46am
The Wisconsin Effect: Union Power Rediscovered
Only four months ago the consensus among the political establishment was that of a right-wing resurgence in U.S. politics.
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Friday, November 19, 2010 - 1:45pm
Hotel Workers Lead a New Tide of Labor Militancy
They clean rooms, wash sheets, cook meals and carry luggage for weary travelers the world over. They toil in an industry that has taken advantage of its largely immigrant workforce and kept many of them below the poverty line. But now they are leading a new wave of militancy and solidarity that could help breathe life back into the labor movement in the U.S.
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Monday, November 1, 2010 - 11:56am
When Nurses Unite, Health Care Wins
In June, President Obama told a meeting of delegates of the American Nurses Association that "Nurses are the beating heart of our healthcare system." Unfortunately, when it comes to working conditions and cuts, nurses across the country have more and more become the bleeding heart of our healthcare system. And the worsening conditions faced by the single largest section of the healthcare workforce have raised the stakes for unionization and collective bargaining battles in that sector.
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