Hamilton Nolan

Hamilton Nolan is a labor reporting fellow at In These Times. He has spent the past decade writing about labor and politics for Gawker, Splinter, The Guardian, and elsewhere. You can reach him at Hamilton@InTheseTimes.com.

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Joe Manchin speaks at a 2016 union rally. Time to pay up. Views
Sunday, March 14, 2021
The Filibuster Is a Labor Issue
On Tuesday, the House passed the PRO Act, the sweeping labor law reform bill that would re-energize unions in America. If it were to become law. Which it will not, as long as the filibuster remains in place in the Senate. The situation now is very simple: destroying the filibuster is a labor issue...
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<p>The Department of Veterans Affairs building is located on Vermont Avenue in Washington, D.C. (Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/69719745@N05/16128625060/">JeffOnWire</a>/flickr/cc)</p> Views
Sunday, February 07, 2021
Enormous VA Union Contract Moves Towards Uncertain Conclusion Under New Biden Administration
Unionized workers at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs have spent the past four years in a grinding workplace battle with a Trump administration existentially hostile towards unions representing federal government workers. Now, as negotiations draw to a close on their new contract—one of the...
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You can’t fix Wall Street by becoming it. (Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, February 03, 2021
You Can’t Hurt the Gangsters at the Capitalist Casino by Shuffling the Chips Around To Different Bets. You Take Their Chips off the Table.
The spectacle of watching the entire professional investing class and the financial media descend into a panicked frenzy thanks to a bunch of Reddit-fueled waves of stock-pumping has certainly been entertaining. If its goal is to laugh at a particular hedge fund momentarily losing a ton of money...
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"Five years ago, when 200 New York City fast-food workers first walked off the job for $15 an hour and union rights, nobody gave us a shot. Since then, we've spread this movement to every corner of the country and beyond fast-food," wrote Steven Suffridge, an organizer with Fight for $15. (Photo: PRE-COVID/SEIU Local 99/Flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
With Minimum Wage Victory in Reach, the ​Union Part Is Next
After nearly a decade of activism, the Fight for $15 stands closer than ever to achieving its most visible goal: a $15 federal minimum wage. Leaders of the campaign, however, say that their work is only beginning. Though success is not certain, it appears for the first time ever that both the White...
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Nurses hold signs at a Vigil for Nurses Who've Died From Covid-19 at the U.S. Capital on July 21, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Views
Monday, December 28, 2020
The Year That Labor Hung On By Its Fingertips
A lot of things hap­pened for work­ing peo­ple this year, and most of them were bad. But even in a year as deranged as 2020 , the broad­er themes that afflict and ener­gize the labor move­ment have car­ried on. If you are read­ing this, con­grat­u­la­tions: There is still time for you to do some­...
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We’re going to have to con­fis­cate the rest of your mon­ey when the rev­o­lu­tion comes any­how. Might as well set your kar­ma right before then. (Photo: Taylor Hill/FilmMagic via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Dear Mackenzie: There's One More Donation You Owe to the World
Dear Macken­zie Scott, This week, you announced that you’ve made $4.2 bil­lion in char­i­ta­ble dona­tions in the past four months. For that you deserve an extreme­ly mod­est amount of con­grat­u­la­tions! You are, no doubt, besieged at all times by peo­ple who come to kiss your ass and beg for mon...
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The Repub­li­can Par­ty is, in aggre­gate, a den of gang­sters cur­rent­ly try­ing to aid and abet the utter­ly cor­rupt theft of a pres­i­den­tial elec­tion by one of the worst peo­ple in the Unit­ed States of Amer­i­ca. (Photo: SAUL LOEB/ AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES) Views
Wednesday, November 04, 2020
Everyone Needs to Be More Furious Right Now
I wish I had an old-timey ear horn, so I could stand atop the high­est moun­tain and yell, ​“This is me strain­ing to hear all of the respectable Repub­li­can offi­cials in Amer­i­ca con­demn­ing a Unit­ed States pres­i­dent who is false­ly declar­ing that he won an elec­tion while ask­ing to shut...
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Magic Kingdom Views
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Furloughed Disney Workers "Can't Wait" For Help, But Florida's Unemployment System Is Broken
At the end of this week, 43,000 unionized Walt Disney World employees will be furloughed, an unprecedented blow to families throughout the entire central Florida region. On top of the sudden loss of income, workers say that they face an even more immediate threat: the broken Florida unemployment...
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People watch the arrival of the USNS Comfort Ship on March 30, 2020 in New York as seen from Weehawken, New Jersey. The naval hospital has 1,000 beds and 12 operating rooms. The Comfort will not treat Covid-19 patients. (Photo by Kena Betancur/ VIEWpress via Getty Images)  Views
Thursday, April 09, 2020
The Plan Is to Save Capital and Let the People Die
Fantasize for a moment that we could set aside politics and operate based upon common sense. What would the federal government do to best mitigate the devastation that this pandemic will visit upon human beings? It would, first of all, provide free healthcare to everyone. It would distribute...
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Saturday, April 04, 2020
Here’s What a General Strike Would Take
You know that things are getting serious when #GeneralStrike starts trending on Twitter. It happened last week, when Donald Trump was publicly mulling the idea of sending Americans back to work by Easter, a move that would imperil countless lives. A general strike has long held a strong utopian...
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