union 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

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden puts his mask back on after delivering remarks in Wilmington, Delaware on August 13, 2020. (Drew Angerer / Getty Images)

Biden Needs to Talk About Jobs on Labor Day. And Every Day.: If he does, he just might win in November.

Instead of allowing a deliberate undermining of 21st century essential public services, Biden could stitch together race, gender, jobs, unions, and good government in one powerful speech. For example, he could explain that at union-busting FedEx, workers earn half what their counterparts do at the post office for service that is no better and often worse for higher charges—and that the difference is who gets the income: workers or shareholders? Read More

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Hot & Bothered: Building Power, with Naomi Klein, Jane McAlevey, and Julian Brave NoiseCat: What do political mobilization and economic reconstruction look like in the face of a climate emergency?

In this episode, Building Power, we start with our keynote panel, featuring author Naomi Klein, union organizer and author Jane McAlevey, and the journalist and vice president of Data for Progress, Julian Brave NoiseCat. They debate strategies for building a fighting mass movement led by workers that’s strong enough and wise enough to win a Green New Deal. Read More

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Chicago’s Teachers Are Making History. Again.: Rank-and-file workers are finally taking back their unions, and strikes are spreading across the country as a result.

The strikes that spread from Chicago across the nation are happening because energetic, smart rank-and-file workers are finally taking back their own organizations—their unions—after too many years of risk-averse leaders whose unwillingness to use the strike weapon contributed to the downfall of the working class. Read More