One of the world’s leading “organizers’ organizer” Jane McAlevey has trained thousands of activists in building more militant unions and winning electoral organizing; she sees the fight for effective unions as critical to winning transformative climate policy. Jane tells her story to Paul Jay on Reality Asserts Itself. Transcripts can be found at theAnalysys.news
Paul and Jane discuss the roots and initial successes of Jane’s organizing strategies & efforts.
From Nicaragua to Tennessee, learning how to organize to win the right to dignity.
Organizing for Power – Part 3
Workers must face up to race to unite the class. Fighting for a just transition, the workers’ movement is critical to any chance of having an effective climate policy.
Hardbargaining in Las Vegas Hospitals – Part 4
The story of big open bargaining and revitalizing the nurses union in Las Vegas.
Mobilizing is Not Organizing – Part 5
Advocacy and mobilizing are directed at people who support your cause. Organizing is a strategic plan to win over workers who don’t agree.
To Win We Need Strong Militant Unions – Part 6
“We’re not going to win anything in the broader society if we don’t start with the foundation of strong worksite unions and organizing workers who may not agree with us. Under a capitalist system, the single most powerful thing workers can do is walk off the job and stop production.”
Power Analysis and Whole-Worker Charting – Part 7
“We do workers and contracts. We don’t do faith and religion. We cannot afford to leave one ounce of power on the table.”
The Power of the Strike – Part 8
A strike can force recognition of a union; a supermajority strike is powerful when bargaining; a strike with mass support can be a political weapon to change society.