• Today in Labor History
    July 2, 1964
    President Johnson signed Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, forbidding unions and employers from discriminating on the basis of race, color, gender, nationality, or religion.
    ~ Voices of Labor

  • The Case for the Rank-and-File Strategy
    Updated On: Nov 07, 2019
    Nov. 7, 2019 | COLLECTIVE ACTION | Only workers themselves have the power to transform society, and workers must organize themselves to do so. Union staff and elected leadership can play important and sometimes pivotal roles, but in the fight against capital to win substantive, lasting gains, workers must be in the driver’s seat. When workers are sidelined, at best we get staff-driven mobilizing, which Jane McAlevey describes as “dedicated activists who show up over and over … but [lack] the full mass of their coworkers or community behind them.” With an organized rank-and-file base, by contrast, ordinary workers themselves are the change agents, deeply involved in developing an analysis of what’s wrong in the workplace and a strategy for how to fight the boss (and, ultimately, capitalism). Their power comes from building majorities large enough to leverage militant action. Wins are less likely to be rolled back when a majority puts its own sweat into the process and stands ready to defend its gains… In These Times
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