Author: jane-mcalevey

Jane McAlevey is an organizer, negotiator, writer and scholar. She is the author of two books, No Shortcuts, Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age (Oxford 2016) and Raising Expectations and Raising Hell (Verso 2012). She blogs at

  • Teachers Lead in the Revolt Against Austerity

    The strikes aren’t just about pay. They’re a rejection of tax cuts for the wealthy and a rallying cry for public goods and services. Keep reading »

  • All Hands on Deck: The West Virginia Teachers’ Strike

    Dignity and respect are the root cause of every serious labor struggle. This was certainly the case in West Virginia’s unprecedented nine-day statewide education strike. When the workers won this past Tuesday, singing and dancing erupted among the thousands who packed the state capitol. Their final chant before leaving the building was, “Who made history? … Keep reading »

  • Reviving the Strike

    Barb Tiller is a mother of four boys, a wife, and a highly skilled operating-room nurse who has been working at Tufts Medical Center in Boston for 27 years. On July 12, for the first time in her life, she walked off the job along with 1,200 other nurses – almost all women – in … Keep reading »

  • Jane F. McAlevey – No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age

    Toronto — 1 December 2016. Income inequality has reached levels not seen since the 1920s. Labor unions’ membership is in decline, and popular opinion has turned against them. Promising movements like Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter lack an organized base, and therefore are unable to build the power to effect meaningful change. Why … Watch video »

  • Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell)

    Toronto — 27 February 2014. A discussion with author and labour organizer Jane McAlevey. Join Sam Gindin in a discussion with Jane McAlevey about her book Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell). In her book, McAlevey describes her experiences in the labour movement organizing bold, large scale campaigns in right to work Nevada and elsewhere in … Watch video »