Michael Hirsch is a longtime labor and political writer. A member of the National Writers Union and a staff writer with the United Federation of Teachers for 13 years until retiring in 2013, he has also worked in communications for three other unions, served on the executive boards of one more and taught sociology and labor education in Massachusetts, Indiana and New York. A former steelworker (in Indiana), his writing has appeared in The New Statesman, Crain's NY Business, The Village Voice, NY Observer, New Politics, Labor Notes, Jacobin, Logos, City Limits, The Guardian, Working USA, New Labor Forum and other venues. He also reviews books for The Indypendent, many of which have been featured on Portside. He is on the editorial board of New Politics. Mike is one of the book review moderators at Portside.