Center affiliates discuss the state of labor, organizing, and more

Water Cooler Talk

In the workplace, the water cooler is a central location where employees gather to discuss their work, their lives, and the state of the world today. Our blog, Water Cooler Talk, seeks to create that same kind of centralized forum in a digital landscape.

In Water Cooler Talk, readers can learn about the state of labor in the United States and around the world from our staff, faculty affiliates, and advisory board.

"We want to foster this conversation between academia and people who are doing politics on a day-to-day basis in their workplaces, in the unions, in their communities"

– Center Director Michael McQuarrie

Remembering the Employee Free Choice Act

by Ian Sherwood ·

The 2008 Presidential Election was a monumental victory for both the Democratic Party and for organized labor alike. Barack Obama’s ascendance to…

Labor Leadership Spotlight: UAW's Shawn Fain

by Ian Sherwood ·

Shawn Fain, president of the United Auto Workers, led a historic labor strike against the Big Three Automakers (Stellantis, General Motors, and…

Scott Jenkins joins the Center for Work and Democracy as new Activist in Residence

by Center Staff ·

Scott Jenkins, an organizer with the Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU), will join the Center for Work and Democracy as the new Activist in…

Scott Jenkins  Activist in Residence  logistics sector  union power

What's next for the Stop Cop City movement?

by Sam Ellefson ·

Organizers in Atlanta have been working to stop the construction of a $90 million police training facility dubbed “Cop City,” which is slated to…

Stop Cop City  Atlanta  policing  environmentalism

As the WGA strike ends, a look at labor trends in the media industries

by Alexis Moulton ·

On Wednesday, September 27, the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) ended its strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (…

WGA  Strike  Labor Action

Welcome to the Center for Work and Democracy

by Michael McQuarrie ·

The Center for Work and Democracy was founded with a sense of crisis in mind. The United States is experiencing historically unprecedented levels…

working class  inequality  The Center for Work and Democracy