Steve Early has worked as a labor journalist, lawyer, organizer, or union representative since 1972. For 27 years, Early was a Boston-based national staff member of the Communications Workers of America.Early’s free-lance writing about labor relations and workplace issues has appeared in The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Nation, The Progressive, Washington Monthly and many other publications.He was a Labor for Bernie volunteer in 2015-16, belongs to the Richmond Progressive Alliance, and serves as an appointed member of the city of Richmond Personnel Board, which hears public employee grievance cases.
Early has written there labor-related books and his fourth, published by Beacon Press in January, is called Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of An American City. Refinery Town. Refinery Town includes a history of working class Richmond and an account of recent public policy controversies involving jobs and development, housing, taxation, police accountability, local labor and environmental standards, and municipal elections in the city.