The workers who lost the 1892 Homestead Strike would find the situation today all too familiar: employers using strike replacements to destroy labor’s most potent weapon.
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As a Louisiana sheriff’s off-the-cuff remarks and the California wildfires remind us, all states depend on and profit from putting prisoners to work—and that’s a problem.
Full employment is still necessary, but rebuilding the middle class also requires dethroning shareholders and boosting worker power.
Conservatives' crusade to limit worker rights through the courts is coming to a head.