Josh Eidelson

Josh Eidelson is a freelance writer and a union organizer based in Philadelphia.  He's written about politics and organizing as a Campus Progress contributor, a Talking Points Memo research fellow, and a Yale Daily News columnist.  He's worked as an organizer for five years since receiving his MA and BA in Political Science.  Check out his blog or follow him on Twitter.

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Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 9:56am
Walmart Workers Plan 'Widespread, Massive Strikes and Protests' for Black Friday 2013
In twelve weeks, on the busiest shopping day of the year, Walmart workers will mount what may be the biggest-ever US strike against the retail giant. In an e-mailed statement, a campaign closely tied to the United Food & Commercial Workers union promised “widespread, massive strikes and protests for Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving.
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Saturday, November 24, 2012 - 8:54am
With Biggest Strike Against Biggest Employer, Walmart Workers Make History Again
HANOVER and SEVERN, MD—For about twenty-four hours, Walmart workers, union members and a slew of other activists pulled off the largest-ever US strike against the largest employer in the world. According to organizers, strikes hit a hundred US cities, with hundreds of retail workers walking off the job (last month‘s strikes drew 160). Organizers say they also hit their goal of a thousand total protests, with all but four states holding at least one.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 12:42pm
The Walmart Model for Education
The world’s largest private-sector employer and the country’s most prominent conservative entertainment company have teamed up to sponsor a fundraiser called “Teachers Rock.” Backed by Walmart and Anschutz Film Group, the August 14 event will feature live performances from musicians like Josh Groban and appearances from actresses like Viola Davis; it will be broadcast August 18 as a CBS special with messages from actresses like Meryl Streep.
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Monday, February 13, 2012 - 4:48pm
Trader Joe’s Caves to Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Signs Fair Food Agreement
On Thursday, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers announced it had signed a Fair Food Agreement with Trader Joe’s, a significant step forward its efforts to bring fairness and accountability to the food industry. “We are truly happy today to welcome Trader Joe’s aboard the Fair Food Program,” CIW’s Gerardo Reyes said in a joint statement issued by CIW and Trader Joe’s. “Trader Joe’s is cherished by its customers for a number of reasons, but high on that list is the company’s commitment to ethical pur
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Monday, September 12, 2011 - 11:11am
Fired for Organizing a Union
Last month Target fired Tashawna Green — but not for being bad at her job. They fired her, she says, for trying to make her job better. Green, a 21-year-old single mom, was the most public supporter of a campaign to unionize the workers at her Long Island, New York store. Before an unsuccessful union vote there, she told The New York Times and other media outlets about the challenge of supporting her daughter on $8 an hour and insufficient hours.
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Friday, May 20, 2011 - 11:51am
National Labor Board Defends Workers, Conservatives Freak Out
During the Bush years, many progressives gave up hope that the government could really make companies pay when they broke the law. Now a big company may have to pay a big price for illegally punishing workers. Last month the National Labor Relations Board, the federal body that enforces labor law, issued a complaint charging that Boeing illegally transferred the production of a line of aircraft out of Washington State. Boeing is accused of transferring the production to punish the workers there for going on strike. Punishing workers for union activity is retaliation,
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