Organizing Archives - Jane McAlevey

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The Union Membership Rate Has Dropped to a Historic Low. It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way.: A new report offers a grim look at that the state of labor nationally, but that’s not the whole picture.

Jane McAlevey’s quote in the article states the case clearly: Some advocates believe that focusing on building union power through worker organizing, rather than first seeking policy changes, holds the key to reversing the decline of union density.  Jane McAlevey, a senior policy fellow of with the Labor Center at the University of California, Berkeley, puts the problem with union strategy bluntly: ​“It’s a lack of ambition and it’s risk aversion, but fundamentally, it’s a lack of faith in workers.” Read More

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A Conversation about the Current UC strike and more: Union organizer and on-strike UC Academic Researcher Jane McAlevey and UC Labor Historian Nelson Lichtenstein

[NOTE that the actual conversation begins at minute 14:50] Nelson Lichtenstein and I had a conversation online the evening of November 29th. We discussed the history of the UAW first, as he is a top expert on the union and Walter Reuther, and then brought that history forward to inform the current strike by UAW – UC workers (I am one of the 48,000 on strike!). Read More

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It’s Time for Unions to Go On the Offensive: Unions need to be far more aggressive in their demands to deal with our mounting political and economic crises

Jacobin’s Jen Pan talks with Jane McAlevey where they discuss the state of the labor movement and how it needs to be far more aggressive in its demands to deal with our mounting political and economic crises, including inflation, the U.S. Supreme Court, failure of the national unions to respond, and much more. Read More

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The Next Steps For Union Organizing; How Lansing Chipotle Got A Union: The mass growth in organized labor action in the wake of the heightened tensions of 2020 is discussed.

Sam and Emma host Jane McAlevey, Senior Policy Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley’s Labor Center, to discuss her recent video for The Nation “You Voted To Form A Union. Now What?” Then they are joined by T.J. Kitchen, Organizing Director for the Teamsters Joint Council #43, to discuss the recent organizing efforts at a Chipotle franchise in Lansing, Michigan. Read More

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In Berlin, Overworked Hospital Staff Went on Strike for a Month — and Won: Medics launched a month long strike that forced hospital management to guarantee minimum staffing levels

The particular conversational technique that worked so well is part of Jane McAlevey’s tool kit for building mass-participation strikes, developed by drawing on the tactics of the radical Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) unions of 1930s America. Read the article >> Read More