Bill Fletcher Jr. is a labor activist and scholar. A welder by training, he has worked for several labor unions, including the AFL-CIO, where he was on the senior staff of the national office, and has served as president of TransAfrica Forum. He is a Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies and a member of the editorial board for BlackCommentator.com. He is a co-author of The Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1934–1941; a co-author of Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path toward Social Justice; and author of “They’re Bankrupting Us”—And Twenty Other Myths about Unions. Fletcher writes a syndicated column and comments regularly on TV, radio, and the Internet.