Mark Morey, recently elected leader of the union body in Australia’s second largest state, New South Wales, hosted me for a book launch in their regional headquarters. Australia is facing many of the same challenges we are in the USA, but their unions are where US unions were in 1995. I advised them to plot a different course!
The UAW defeat in Chattanooga is only the latest exhibit of why Whole Worker Organizing, and, a theory of worker organizing that understands workers are not just workers, they are mothers, fathers, sisters, members of various houses of faith, involved in sports clubs and their kids schools, etc is urgent if US unions want a credible fight back against very powerful forces.
A new documentary about the history of the labor movement, called Strength in Union, includes an interview with yours truly. So far, Caesar Pink, the director of the documentary, has interview lots of interesting folks in the US labor movement. Check out the little story TruthOut just wrote about it.
My clip starts at 0:43, click here to view.
In the aftermath of Michigan going right-to-work, I discuss what unions need to do to beat the attack!