Michael Yates is a writer, editor, and labor educator. Among his books are Why Unions Matter (Monthly Review Press, 1998, second revised edition 2009), Longer Hours, Fewer Jobs (Monthly Review Press, 1994), Power on the Job (South End Press, 1994), Naming the System: Inequality and Work in the Global Economy (Monthly Review Press, 2002),More Unequal: Aspects of Class in the United States (Monthly Review Press, 2007), Cheap Motels and a Hotplate: an Economist's Travelogue (Monthly Review Press, 2007), In and Out of the Working Class (Arbeiter Ring Publishing, 2009), Wisconsin Uprising (Monthly Review Press, 2012), and A Freedom Budget for All Americans: Recapturing the Promise of the Civil Rights Movement in the Struggle for Economic Justice (Monthly Review Press, 2013).He has also published hundreds of articles and reviews in a wide variety of journals, magazines, blogs, websites, and newspapers. He is currently Associate Editor of Monthly Review magazine and Editorial Director of Monthly Review Press. He taught economics and labor relations at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown from 1969 until his retirement in 2001. He won the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1984. Since 1980, he has been a labor educator, teaching trade union members in a wide variety of formats, from one-day seminars to six-week courses to semester-long classes. He has taught union members through Penn State's Union Leadership program, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst's Labor Center, Indiana University, Cornell's Labor Centers in Manhattan and Albany, and through individual arrangements with unions, including SEIU (1199), UNITE, USWA, UFCW, and OCAW. Yates also worked in the research Office of the United Farm Workers Union and has served as a labor arbitrator with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Mediation. He and his wife Karen Korenoski have been traveling the United States for the past thirteen years. These travels are recounted in his book Cheap Motels and a Hot Plate: an Economist's Travelogue. Yates blogs at cheapmotelsandahotplate.org.