Mobilizing Archives - Jane McAlevey

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Unions Are a Pain in the Ass. Yet We Have No Choice but to Build Good Unions: An interview with Jane McAlevey

  Sam Fleischman and Wen Zhuang, from the Emergency Workplace Organizing Committee (EWOC), spoke with McAlevey ahead of her training series on the rationale behind her Bessemer rebuttal, how union popularity should be matched with the right tools, and how these old and new organizing strategies can work in harmony toward building worker power that can win. Read More

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You Better Work! How the mood in Bessemer, Alabama turned from optimism to defeat: Jane McAlevey on the Amazon workers union vote

I appreciate @onthemedia for hosting this important conversation about the critical distinction between “didn’t win” and “can’t win” in Bessemer, Alabama. The conditions in this country are absurdly unfair. Of course it shouldn’t be so hard for workers to form a union. The segment with my interview begins about 22 minutes in. Read More

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Blowout in Bessemer: A Postmortem on the Amazon Campaign: The warning signs of defeat were everywhere.

Earlier today the NLRB announced the results of the vote on whether workers at the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Ala., would join a union. The vote was 738 in favor to 1,798 against. It’s bad news, but it doesn’t mean workers in future Amazon campaigns won’t or can’t win. They can. Read More

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Why Unions Must Recommit to Expanding Their Base: Demobilizing our base is never a good idea, especially when the right wing and the Trump forces continue to mobilize

Unions need to expand their base if Democrats are to stand any real chance in the future; simultaneously, they need to provide deep political education. Joe Biden’s platform for the economy, part of his Build Back Better plan, would substantially advance the quality of life among the multiracial working class—but the prospect of getting any of those proposals through the Senate, no matter the outcome in Georgia’s runoff elections, isn’t realistic. Read More

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It’s Not Enough to Fight — Labor and the Left Have to Be Serious About How to Win: An Interview with Jane McAlevey

It’s so important to teach the difference between organizing and mobilizing, and to focus on teaching the skills required to move the hardest-to-move people in order to bring about the kind of solidarity and unity required for a successful strike… The methods and the discipline of structure-based organizing in the workplace apply generally to building a stronger Left. Read More