What is our vision as the working class for a different future, one free from exploitation and corporate greed, and how do we organize to win it?
May Day, international workers' day, is a time to honor and celebrate the radical traditions of the labor movement. In the midst of the current crisis it is more important than ever to build on the militant legacy of May Day and organize a fighting, working-class resistance that demands a better world for us all.
Sara Nelson is the International President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO and she represents 50,000 of aviation’s first responders at 20 airlines. In 2019, The New York Times called her "America's most powerful flight attendant" for her role in helping to end the 35-day Government Shutdown by calling for a general strike.
Stacy Davis Gates is the Vice President of the Chicago Teachers Union. This past fall, she helped to lead a 15-day strike and to negotiate an historic contract that provides for smaller class sizes, ensures a nurse and social worker in every Chicago public school, secures sanctuary protections for immigrant families, and supports students and families experiencing homelessness.
Sarah Jaffe is a reporting fellow at Type Media Center, the author of Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt and the forthcoming Work Won't Love You Back, both from Bold Type Books.
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