“The Nation” launches “The Nation” explains with “How to get to the negotiating table”
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“I am delighted that, thanks to the work of multimedia editor Ludwig Hurtado, we can announce the launch of a new series of Nation explainers in video,” said Nation editor DD Guttenplan. “As well as allowing us to extend our editorial reach – and political mission – to the growing portion of our audience who receive their media through these channels, this series also allows us to highlight the wealth of talent and the depth of knowledge among Nation writers and columnists.
“I can’t think of a better person to initiate the proceedings than Jane McAlevey,” he continued. “I’ve talked and learned from Jane for years – and was a huge fan of her books Raise expectations and raise hell and No shortcut when I was a freelance editor, which is why I asked her to be our “strikes” correspondent as soon as I took up my post as editor. More recently, she spread the word about the importance of unions and how to gain power for workers at the bargaining table, through huge online trainings and courses attended by thousands of workers. . It is therefore a delight, and a privilege, to be able to share part of his thinking with the Nation public to mark this Labor Day.
“Organizing workers is as difficult as it is urgent,” McAlevey added. “There is no other way to rebalance the inequalities of income and power in the United States than for workers who come together to challenge corporate greed and malfeasance and demand what every worker in this country and in the world deserves: dignity, respect and the right to a decent quality of life at work and at home. The Nations strikes correspondent, I have covered labor struggles for years and have seen firsthand how high-profile reporting can inspire workers as they struggle to build a better world and unite the wider community against bad employers. The nationCoverage of the labor movement and labor struggles is of crucial importance.
“I am delighted to bring The nation back in the video space with this series,” said the media editor Ludwig Hurtado. “I am optimistic that the journalism explaining our bold point of view will be of interest not only to Nation public but to a whole group of people online who would like our content but who might not be regular readers of our print work. This series is only the beginning of what I envision for us, not only in video but in multimedia in the broadest sense.
A fourth-generation trade unionist, raised in an activist union home, McAlevey spent the first half of her union life working in the community organizing and environmental justice movements and the second half in the labor movement. In her new explainer video, she explains why the union vote is just the beginning: a year after workers voted to unionize, more than half still don’t have a contract. This means lost revenue, poor conditions, years of delays, and most importantly? Decertification. After a year without a contract, management can dissolve a hard-won union by pushing for a decertification vote.
Achieving a good contract is important, so how do you get there? Drawing on years of research and hundreds of case studies, McAlevey outlines three proven ways workers can win: union transparency; a large union bargaining committee; and a bottom-up approach that allows workers to hear for themselves what management is offering, which builds buy-in and increases accountability.
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Upcoming episodes of “The nation Explainwill focus on a robust range of topics related to our core coverage areas of politics, activism and history. Viewers can expect bold explanations of current events, foreign policy and legislative complexities ranging from reproductive justice to housing policy to the state of the Supreme Court. Stay tuned!
McAlevey, Guttenplan and Hurtado are available for certain interviews. For more information, please see the contact details above.
ON: Jane McAlevey is The nationstrike correspondent and author of Collective Bargaining: Unions, Organizing and the Fight for Democracy. She is a senior policy researcher at the University of California’s Institute for Labor and Employment Research.
His first book, Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell) (Verso) was named the “Most Valuable Book of 2012” by The nation. His second book, No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Golden Age (Oxford University Press), was released in late 2016.
DD Guttenplan is publisher of The nation. His books include American Radical: The Life and Times of IF Stone, The Nation: A Biography and The Next Republic: The Rise of a New Radical Majority.
Ludwig Hurtado is The nationmultimedia editor. He is also a writer and filmmaker whose work has appeared in The New York Times, New York magazineNBC News, rolling stoneand elsewhere.
Founded by abolitionists in 1865, The nation chronicled the breadth and depth of political and cultural life, from the early days of the telegraph to the rise of Twitter, serving as a critical, independent, and progressive voice in American journalism.