Mindy Isser works in the labor movement and lives in Philadelphia.
A Rank-and-File Teachers’ Movement Takes On Philadelphia’s Toxic Schools
A militant caucus within the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers is showing how, with rank-and-file leadership, unions can be a powerful force for fighting deep-rooted environmental injustice. MORE
Working · February 5, 2020
Joe Biden Thinks Coal Miners Should Learn to Code. A Real Just Transition Demands Far More.
As of 2016, there were only 50,000 coal miners in the United States, and yet they occupy so much of our political imagination and conversation around jobs, unions and climate change. During the 2016 presidential election,... MORE
Working · January 15, 2020
Climate Activists Can’t Afford to Ignore Labor. A Shuttered Refinery in Philly Shows Why.
In the early morning hours of June 21, 2019, a catastrophic explosion tore through the Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) oil refinery in the southwest section of Philadelphia. The training and quick thinking of refinery workers,... MORE
Working · January 10, 2020
The Grooming Gap: What “Looking the Part” Costs Women
If women don’t conform to beauty expectations, they’re paid less. MORE
Culture · January 2, 2020
A Low-Carbon Economy Will Be Built By Nannies, Caregivers and House Cleaners
Reinvigorated movements are charting new terrain to build worker power and reverse the dramatic climate crisis facing society. Uncompromising mass mobilizations are on the rise, as more workers participated in strikes in the... MORE
Working · October 22, 2019
Why I’m Voting No on UAW’s Deal With GM: A “Third-Tier” Worker Speaks
After 33 days on strike, the leadership at the United Automobile Workers (UAW) has negotiated a tentative agreement with General Motors (GM). Nearly 49,000 UAW members—concentrated mostly in the Midwest, with a few... MORE
Working · October 18, 2019