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In These Times Magazine’s New Guide to the Guide’s for the Resistance Puts No Shortcuts on the Short List April 28, 2017 - Kate Aronoff is recommending No Shortcuts for the second time since my new book was published (she did an interview that is also on this website somewhere!). Aronoff offers a concise and smart discussion in her full article, which I recommend reading. Near the end, she says, “In part thanks to the Sanders campaign, this […]
I Wrote a Piece on Trump, the Media, and, Staying Focused on What Matters, Not the Damn Tweets! March 15, 2017 - Every tweet Trump bangs out has three primary purposes: 1) to lure most media and pundit discussion away from critical news Americans desperately need; 2) to embolden his base; and 3) to make ordinary people throw their hands up and say, “Just turn it off, I can’t watch it anymore,” or a key variant, “Just […]
KALW’s Your Call Makes No Shortcuts Book of the Month in January! March 15, 2017 - In this near one hour interview, Rose Aguilar and I cover Trump, Bannon and much, much more. Listen to the interview here »
New Interview on My Views on Faith and Labor, in the UC Observer March 15, 2017 - Journalist Katie Toth interview me on faith and unions, here’s one snippet from the longer interview. Q Why do many organizers not seem to consider religious life as significant to their efforts? A I don’t know. It’s a question I ask all the time. Many of the best organizers in the trade-union sector are willing […]
Less than 2 Minute Video by Australian Activists from Dec. 2016 March 15, 2017 - In this very short video—less than 2 minutes long—made my Unions New South Wales, they ask me what’s the most important thing to do, and, I answer!
Feb. 27th Feature Interview in the Nation Magazine, by DD Guttenplan March 15, 2017 - Guttenplan describes this 4000 word interview this way: “We first spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, where, amid the self-congratulation, she cautioned me that “Clinton hadn’t sealed the deal” with the white suburban women that McAlevey had met helping to organize Philadelphia-area hospitals. After her warning proved prophetic, we resumed our conversation—this time focusing […]
No Shortcuts Makes a Terrific New “Recommended Reading” List in Paste Magazine! January 13, 2017 - The article is called, These are the Seven Books You Need to Understand (and Fight) the Age of Trump. About my book, the author starts with: “Imagine if you didn’t know how to play basketball, and all anyone told you was “pick and roll!” For someone new to political work, this is what the calls […]
A Really Thoughtful Book Review Just in From Australia January 13, 2017 - “Organising”, says Jane McAlevey, “is fundamentally about having hard conversations with people and not running away from hard issues.” Her latest book, No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age, is true to this sentiment. In it, McAlevey outlines a critique of most contemporary union campaigning, using case studies and other analysis to […]
Jacobin Just Posted a Second Good Book Review, Stopping Labor’s Backward March January 13, 2017 - “Readers of No Shortcuts will encounter a book that is markedly different [than her first book], but insightful in new ways, because McAlevey draws from her case studies to develop theory for the rest of us — not in the academic sense, but in the practical one: insights from experience that can inform our strategy […]
On My Recent Trip Down Under, the Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald Declared January 5, 2017 - “Jane McAlevey is ready to fight because she sure as hell is not ready to lose.” “As McAlevey puts it, democracy is messy and to do it well requires really conscious, hard work. And that’s from everyone involved, whether you belong to a political party, to a union, or to any other entity which is […]
Sam Gindin’s Review of No Shortcuts in Jacobin January 5, 2017 - “For those of us grappling with the near-overwhelming difficulties of the “how-to” of changing our workplaces, communities, and society, No Shortcuts is an invaluable resource. It should be read, passed on, discussed, constructively challenged, and acted on.” Read the full review » 
Post Election Q & A with Reporter Kate Aronoff November 23, 2016 - “McAlevey’s work—like that of her dissertation advisor, Frances Fox Piven—looks to reinsert the role of ordinary people back into our understanding of power and politics, refocusing away from both the horse race of presidential elections and top-down mobilizing strategies that draw in only those already committed to left and liberal causes. As pundits and progressive […]
In These Times Book Review November 23, 2016 - “As in Raising Expectations, McAlevey tells compelling stories of workers in action through a series of well-chosen case studies of recent labor movement successes, half-successes and failures. Throughout, she shows that when organizing efforts embrace worker involvement, leader identification and training, and take the time to build connections from within the workplace to the broader […]
On WNYC’s Brian Lehrer for a Post Election Chat November 23, 2016 - On Monday, November 21st, I sat down with Brian Lehrer in the studio of WNYC. To listen, click here: http://www.wnyc.org/story/more-organizing-less-activating/
Belabored Podcast #115: Organizing for Power, with Jane McAlevey October 28, 2016 - From Dissent: “In recent years we’ve seen many, many ideas and gimmicks and tricks put forward, each pledging to “save the labor movement.” Our guest this week, longtime organizer and sociologist Jane McAlevey, says that there are no tricks to it; in her new book, titled No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded […]
Having the Hard Conversations October 28, 2015 - While in Montreal for the aforementioned national organizing conference, I agreed to do a radio interview with a Canadian researcher and blogger, Michael Rozworski. He blogs at Political Eh-conomy. Michael published the podcast of our interview, and, was then asked to transcribe it into an article for the magazine Jacobin, who then ran it as […]
Analyzing 20 Years of New Labor’s Leadership in the US Labor Movement September 2, 2015 - My first academic article is hitting the press, published by the journal Politics & Society. If you have access to a university account, please download it from their website. Politics & Society is an expensive academic journal and my article, along with several commentaries written by other academics, are all locked behind a firewall. But […]
Behind the News with Doug Henwood August 31, 2015 - Doug Henwood and I sat down and spent an hour discussing my new Politics & Society article (September 2015 issue). The interview is an overview of the past twenty years of what’s called ‘New Labor’s’ ascent to the leadership of the US labor movement. As Henwood points out, the article is locked behind an expensive […]
News with Sharmini Peries March 10, 2015 - I like the team at the Real News Network, pity they can’t replace Fox News! This interview is about Scott Walker’s decision to flip Wisconsin to a right-to-work (for less) state. The interview was conducted just before the actual decision, but it was all but done. I trace the connection between Jim Crow and racism […]
NPR, Public Radio International’s (PRI) To the Point With Warren Olney March 2, 2015 - I had fun debating some Wall Street types on this nationally broadcast radio show. The way the host ran the show, I don’t come in until each of the other three men have already gone a round or two, but then the debate heats up as I begin to challenge their narrative on unions, and, […]
The Nation: Beating Harris v Quinn and Right-to-Work Attacks from the Inside Out July 2, 2014 - Unions are in trouble. Short of a giant meteor crashing on top of the nation’s union headquarters emblazoned with the words, “warning, you will soon be crushed by right-to-work laws,” few things could be clearer from the Supreme Court’s Harris v. Quinn ruling. Harris v. Quinn unites some of the most toxic trends in American […]
A Discerning Review of the New Edition of Raising Expectations (& Raising Hell) May 8, 2014 - Sam Gindin wrote a really thoughtful review of Raising Expectations (& Raising Hell). It is hard to pick out any one paragraph, but I keep coming back to a key one near the end of his piece, where he says, “In this context, McAlevey’s book is timely and desperately needed because it convincingly demonstrates that […]
Reviving the Labor Movement By Letting Women Lead, Honored to be in this Line Up January 16, 2014 - How the Rise of Women in Labor Could Save the Movement A new wave of female labor leaders are winning by thinking big. Bryce Covert January 10, 2014 Women have only recently made headway into real positions of power in organized labor, after making slow progress over the movement’s history. These women are bringing new […]
Terrific New Book Review of Raising Expectations in New Labor Forum! October 16, 2013 - There’s a terrific new review of Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell) in the current issue of New Labor Forum. The signal strength of Jane McAlevey’s bracing, provocative, fantastic-read of a book is that in the act of reading it, you begin to feel the power that strong organizing can help create. For union members (and those aspiring […]
In These Times: Is Fight for 15 Real? September 24, 2013 - A hard look at the campaign by retail and fast-food workers to earn a living wage. BY Micah UetrichtIn August, fast food workers in 58 cities walked off the job—a dramatic escalation of a campaign for a $15-per-hour wage that has tapped into a latent anger among low-wage workers, whose economic precariousness at a time […]
Interview: Meet Jane McAlevey, labor’s hell-raiser January 25, 2013 - Interview by Blair Braverman, Waging Nonviolence wagingnonviolence.org/feature/meet-jane-mcalevey-labors-hell-raiser What lessons in the labor movement do you think other movements should pick up on? I don’t think there is any way out of the mess in America if we don’t reengage in a structured, strategic, smart discussion with millions of Americans. Because I think millions of Americans […]
How to Juice Up the Labor Movement January 3, 2013 - Last year Sarah Jaffe wrote a piece on 6 Ways to Juice Up the Labor Movement. The following is my answer to her question. McAlevey points out that the entire structure of work has changed over recent years. That means that there are many workers who don’t see how unions could work for them, and […]
Interview: How Organizing for Change Is Very Different Than Winning Elections December 17, 2012 - I sat down with AlterNet’s Sarah Jaffe to talk about organizing and my book Raising Expectations. Read it on AlterNet. Sarah Jaffe: You start the book out with the aftermath of the 2000 election in Florida, and of course we just finished a presidential election where organized labor went all-out to elect President Obama. Having […]
New York Times On Me: In 15 Mug Shots, a Model of Disobedience January 7, 2010 - The New York Times wrote the following on me: (McAlevey) has demonstrated on behalf of redwoods and rain forests. Against military intervention in Central America. Two years ago, she was in the thick of things as Local 1199 threatened Connecticut with a strike by 8,000 nursing home workers. Now she’s helping Local 531 and the […]
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All the Issues in Workers’ Lives, Organizing in Stamford Connecticut August 19, 2002 - Read Daniel HoSang’s Shelterforce Magazine story about my work in Stamford Project. Dan was the first person to write about the innovative work the Stamford Project was doing to link housing rights and workers’ rights in Connecticut. In the last 12 months, a remarkable string of organizing victories involving thousands of low-wage workers and their […]
Building Community Unions December 14, 2000 - Janice Fine writes about the organizing work I participated in Stamford Connecticut. Read the full piece on The Nation website. I write in depth about this project and more in my book Raising Expectations. These realities made Stamford ripe for an unusual multi-union effort, launched in 1998 by the AFL-CIO, to organize the city’s struggling service-sector […]