Michael D. Yates is a writer, editor, and educator. Among his books are Wisconsin Uprising: Labor Fights Back (editor), The ABCs of the Economic Crisis: What Working People Need to Know (with Fred Magdoff, Monthly Review Press, 2009), In and Out of the Working Class (Arbeiter Ring, 2009), Cheap Motels and a Hotplate: an Economist’s Travelogue (Monthly Review Press, 2007), Naming the System: Inequality and Work in the Global Economy (Monthly Review Press, 2002), Why Unions Matter (Monthly Review Press, 1998 and second edition, 2009), Longer Hours, Fewer Jobs (Monthly Review Press, 1994) and Power on the Job (South End Press, 1994). He also has published more than 150 articles and reviews in a variety of journals, magazines and newspapers. His works have been translated into 17 languages. 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. He taught courses for workers from 1980 until 2008, at colleges including Penn State, Indiana University, Cornell University and the University of Massachusetts. Yates also worked in the research office of the United Farm Workers Union and served as a labor arbitrator with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Mediation.