A movement defending working-class interests isn’t just about what happens at work, but also about the places where we live. A labor movement fight against evictions can break the power of landlords to ruin our lives — and make the case for why we all deserve affordable, quality housing.
Glyn Robbins is a housing worker, campaigner, and trade unionist. His book There’s No Place: The American Housing Crisis and What It Means for the UK was published in 2017. He is a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics.
As housing becomes more and more unaffordable, liberal mayors have jumped to recognize the crisis. At the same time, they’re fully committed to the status quo, giving carte blanche to developers at the expense of legitimately affordable housing.