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Majority Report with Sam Seder – Interview w/Jane McAlevey & Nomiki Konst: A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing, & the Fight for Democracy

Author and organizer Jane McAlevey joins Sam to discuss her new book,  A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy, on how workers must continue to fight with broad-based supermajorities across the working class.  And Nomiki Konst joins Sam for the Fun Half. Read More

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How Unions Can Still Win Big: An excerpt from A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy

There are only two sides, the owners and the rest of us. It’s October 20, 2018, and it’s louder than an orchestra or rock concert on the 2200 block of Broadway in downtown Oakland, California. Irma Perez is working her bullhorn like a trumpet virtuoso. She’s standing in the middle of hundreds of people who’ve made plastic buckets into drums, their hands holding perfect rhythm as they harmonize their chant: “Hey hey, ho ho—Mar-ri-ott has got to go!” Read More

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The Assault On Workers Seventy Years In The Making: An excerpt from A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy

Workers who fought to build strong unions turned horrible jobs in the auto factories into the kind of employment that became the backbone of the American Dream. Liberals yearn nostalgically for a time when corporate leaders seemed more responsible, for an era when CEOs seemed to understand that employees, the people who make the profits, were considered more important than, if not equal to, the shareholders. Read More

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Jacobin Review of A Collective Bargain – Workers of the World Can Still Unite: Jane McAlevey's new book offers concrete tactics and practices for how workers can win more battles — and prepare for the larger wars to come.

What is so valuable about McAlevey’s books and work is that she begins with a grounded faith in the potentials of working people. Because she doesn’t romanticize workers as spontaneously radical, she identifies the question of organizing the class — uniting it across divisions and developing their collective potentials into a creative social force — as the overriding task. Read More

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Publisher’s Weekly Review of A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy

A Collective Bargain receives a coveted “starred” review from PW, plus an author interview to add emphasis. It’s a sign of the times that major national reviewers are signaling to the world the importance of unions today. “Labor activist McAlevey delivers a persuasive argument that the power of “strong, democratic” trade unions can fix many of America’s social problems in this timely cri de coeur.” Read More