Writing
Organizers with substantial, direct experience in the field have an entirely different focus than author’s who have not been involved in campaigns: we focus on how the work gets done (methods), and how to win.

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The Assault On Workers Seventy Years In The Making – 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.

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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How Unions Can Still Win Big – 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!” Perez has the kind of energy that can motivate everyone on the picket line for days on end, dancing as she’s chanting to remind the workers and their supporters that they are fighting for a better life, for the freedom from having to work two full-time jobs. 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