It's been 35 years since the founding of Labor Notes—a good time to look at how the labor movement's challenges have changed over the last 35 years.

Labor Notes was founded the same year that employers discovered you could get concessions, that a signed contract wasn't written in stone: you could plead poverty and open it up and force workers backwards.

How many of you can remember when it was considered automatic that each contract would be better than the one before? It wasn't easy for the labor movement to force the employers to that place, but we were there for a few decades. In auto, for example, we got a 3 percent raise every year plus COLA. Ninety days after you hired in, you were at top pay.

Today in an auto plant, you could work 90 years, you will never get to top pay.
Thirty-Five Years of a Not-Boring Labor Movement