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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Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 12:01pm
Retail Rebellion: Reinventing Organized Labor in the Walmart Economy
In 1962, Arkansas businessman Sam Walton opened the first Walmart discount store, setting in motion the rapid ascendance of a corporate giant that would redefine markets around the world. With its focus on competitive prices and vast distribution networks that revolutionized the industry, Walmart grew over the course of the 20th century to become the world’s largest company.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 7:36am
Labor Needs a Different Kind of “Ground Game”
After suffering almost two years of ramped up union-busting, the labor movement came out swinging in the recent elections. It swung its hardest in swing states like Ohio, delivering the 2012 presidential election to President Obama and propelling other labor-endorsed candidates to office. Labor’s decisive role in reelecting Obama and boosting dozens of other Democrats in key races was acknowledged in the national press. And it was acknowledged by labor.
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Sunday, June 3, 2012 - 8:22am
Unionizing the New Jim Crow?
Dozens of people gathered outside of a supermax prison in Illinois in April demanding that the facility be shut down. They held signs that read “I am a mom,” a spin on the iconic “I am a man” signs held by striking sanitation workers in Memphis in 1968.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 10:24am
Labor Politics and the Captive Electorate of 2012
Back in 2010, Randi Weingarten, president of the 1.5 million-member American Federation of Teachers (AFT), lashed out at President Obama who she said was part of the “blame the teacher crowd” of education reform.
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Sunday, January 22, 2012 - 8:22am
Military Intervention vs. Maritime Union Power
For the first time in 40 years, the U.S. Armed Forces will be deployed to intervene in a labor dispute, facilitating a scab operation against union dockworkers at the Port of Longview in Washington. In the long dispute between International Longshore Workers Union (ILWU) Local 21 and EGT Development, the international conglomerate is now poised to make its first grain shipment from its new $200 million export terminal, violating its contract with the publicly-owned port and the union’s jurisdiction on the waterfront.
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Friday, December 16, 2011 - 8:16am
Remembering Pittston: 99 Strikers Who Occupied Before Occupy
After a year of revolutions, strikes, and protest occupations, a new era of struggle has shifted the political landscape. Workers and the poor have taken to the streets, occupying public squares and striking across the globe – from Egypt to Greece to cities across the U.S. In particular, the Occupy movement in the U.S. has helped to mainstream radical critiques of the capitalist system. The movement’s bold tactics have terrified the ruling one percent, which has lashed out violently to protect its power and wealth from the fury of the 99 percent.
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Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 9:32am
The One Percent Scrambles to Maintain Profits – and Order
“The next few months will be crucial for avoiding a dramatic downturn in employment and a further significant aggravation of social unrest.”
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Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 8:09am
Amid Possible Strike, D.C. Labor and Occupy Movements March Together
If Wall Street has become the symbolic nerve center for greed and inequality, its political traffic merges onto K Street, Washington DC’s Broadway for deep-pocketed corporate lobbyists.
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 10:03am
Look for Working-Class Warriors at Picket Lines, Not Podiums
Should the “class warrior” title be worn as a badge of honor? Wall Street and the super-rich certainly seem to think so – judging by their behavior over the past three decades.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 2:15pm
The Fight for Troy Does Not End Tonight
In just a few hours, if the state of Georgia has its way, Troy Davis will be dead. Despite glaring doubt, extraordinary evidence of his innocence, and the support of millions worldwide calling for a halt to the execution, the state of Georgia is prepared to take the life of an innocent man at 7 p.m. in what can only be described as state-sponsored murder.
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