Steve Early

Steve Early has been active in the labor movement since 1972. He was an organizer and international representative for the Communications Workers of American between 1980 and 2007. He is the author of four books, most recently Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money and The Remaking of An American City from Beacon Press. He can be reached at

The AFL-CIO Can Be Reformed, Locally and From the Bottom-Up!

New Vermont AFL-CIO President Is A Labor Reformer & DSA Member

SEIU & The Carpenters: Still “Changing to Win” or Changing the Wrong Way? 

Amid Rare Presidential Race: CWA Members Seek Answers and Accountability

In Contested CWA Election: Can a Worker Fired for Organizing Become National Union President?

Veterans in Labor: How Unions Benefit From Ex-Soldiers in Their Ranks 

ILWU Alums Tackle Labor Power and Strategy Questions

When the United Mine Workers Ousted Their Entrenched Leadership: a Lesson for Today’s Labor Movements

A Sixties’ Radical Recalls a Different Era in U.S. Labor 

Can Workers Overseas Provide: Tips for U.S. Labor Organizers?

Memorial Day Salute to a Repentant Ex-Marine

SF Photographer Captures How the “Other Half” Lives

How Public Workers Can Stop The Privatization of Everything

New Deal Recycling: Can a Federal Writers Project Rise Again?

What is To Be Done About Work?

Amid Give-Back Demands: Workers Can Still Safeguard Pensions

On the Life and Death of Stanley Aronowitz

How Contingent Faculty Organizing Can Succeed in Higher Education

Longshore Labor’s Real SF Worker-Intellectual

Fifty Years Later: The Forgotten Story of Dissenting POWs

The Biggest Bust Ever: Direct Action Lessons From Three Days in May of 1971

Why is AFL-CIO So Worried About Its Vermont Affiliate?

Tangled Up In Blue: Lessons for Police Reform?

A Firefighter Election: Can Veteran of Wisconsin Uprising Rescue the IAFF?

A Mon Valley Memoir: Lessons From The Last Stand Of Steelworkers in Homestead

Fifty Years Ago This Spring: Millions of Students Struck to End a War in Vietnam

Bernie vs. Biden: When Will Unions Show Solidarity With Sanders?

VoteVets for Buttigieg:  Who’s Really Keeping Us in the Dark About Campaign Funding?

How General Strike Rhetoric Became a Reality in Seattle 

In Re-Run Election: LA Times Journalist Wins Presidency of NewsGuild 

UAW Chief Forced Out: AFGE President Should Be Next Union Leader To Quit

The Irishman Cometh: Teamster History Hits the Big Screen (Again)

One Member/One Vote: Health Care Workers Show How To Endorse, Democratically

A GI Rebellion: When Soldiers Said No to War

A Plant Closing War, Viewed From Inside

The Global Movement Against Gentrification

Under Guise of “Choice”: Trump Launches Assault on Veterans’ Care

Can the Military Be Reformed?

Time for Change at NewsGuild?

How SEIU’s Self-Inflicted Loss Became Labor’s Gain 

The Housing Affordability Crisis and What Millennials Can do About It

“They Count on You Not Knowing:” Socialists Blow the Whistle on Democratic Party Donor Class

Big Money in Politics: Are Leading Democrats Really on the Wagon (or Still Sneaking a Drink)?

A Call Center Coup: Ex-Teamster Boots Riley Tackles Telemarketing and Its Discontents

Requiem for a Steelworker: Mon Valley Memories of Oil Can Eddie

Flush With Cash: Will Buffy the Bernie Slayer Win in Pro-Sanders District?

The Greening of Vermont: From Hippie Invasion To Blue State Conversion and Beyond

Purple Bullying, Ten Years Later: SEIU Trustees Trample Member Rights On Eve of Janus Decision

From Jackson to Richmond: Radical Mayors Leave Their Mark

Refinery Safety Campaign Frays Blue-Green Alliance