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Jane McAlevey, Beloved Labor Organizer and Author, Has Died at 59

HeadlineJul 08, 2024

The longtime labor organizer and scholar Jane McAlevey has died at the age of 59 of multiple myeloma. McAlevey dedicated her life’s work to empowering rank-and-file workers, training tens of thousands around the world to effectively strengthen their unions. She was also a prolific writer, authoring many books and articles, including as the “strikes correspondent” for The Nation. In April, she sat down here in the Democracy Now! studios for one of her last interviews.

Jane McAlevey: “But, you know, the work is going to go on. And that’s what makes me happy, is that I did a lot of succession planning, the work is going to go, and if workers just keep winning — one person falls, one soldier goes down — I’ve always thought of myself as a soldier. You know, one soldier is going to go down in the fight, and there’s a ton more soldiers being produced every day, in all of these campaigns, in all of the training programs. And I do think that they’re going to win, ultimately, because people have had it with capitalism in 2024.”

That was noted labor organizer and scholar Jane McAlevey speaking in April in Democracy Now!’s studios. To see our interview and the web exclusive we did afterward, go to She died Sunday at the age of 59 in Muir Beach, California.

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