Join Us: AlterNet Expands its Coverage of Labor and Workers’ Rights

Conservatives’ anti-worker crusade will not go unchallenged. We’re ratcheting up our worker coverage by establishing a unique Labor special coverage area – Published on AlterNet, by Don Hazen, February 7, 2012.

There has been a long war on workers and unions in this country, led by conservatives who want to lower wages, eliminate benefits, and limit workers’ rights to organize. In response, AlterNet is ratcheting up our worker coverage by establishing a unique Labor special coverage area (sign up to receive our weekly newsletter).   

This anti-worker crusade gained a lot of momentum in 2010 as conservatives swept into control of state houses and legislatures in the American heartland – in Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, and most recently in Indiana, where a so-called “right to work” law was just passed – a law that dramatically restricts workers’ rights.

There has been plenty of pushback – in Ohio and Wisconsin particularly – reminding Americans what a real protest movement looks like, and kicking off a fight for working people’s rights that rippled across the country … //

… As Jaffe explains, “Covering labor isn’t just about covering strikes and organizing campaigns, though of course that’s part of it. It’s also about covering how Americans work– how our wages have been falling but also how our jobs are changing, how the latest battle in Congress is going to impact working people, and, of course, the still-too-high numbers of unemployed and underemployed in this country. We’ll talk to leaders and to rank and file workers, those in unions and those without union protections.

“Only 12 percent of Americans belong to a union, but millions more of us work for a living, and as the economy remains sluggish, it’s more important than ever to keep focus on labor, on working people.”

So I invite you to sign up for our Labor newsletter, which will be launching next Monday, and be part of the discussion and coverage of what’s too often missing in media coverage of workers and labor in our society. (full text).

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