Labor Wars: Two Reasons Why Most Unions Don’t Do Large-Scale Organizing

In this article, views of Shaun Richman are expressed followed by a response from Jonathan Rosenblum Two Reasons Why Most Unions Don’t Do Large-Scale Organizing By Shaun Richman In 2005, the labor movement split, ostensibly over a disagreement about the institutional priority of organizing for membership growth. A number of unions seceded from the AFL-CIO to form a rival federation, Change to Win, only to (mostly) quietly return to the fold.

by Shaun Richman

Organizing in a Brave New World

Austerity, growing inequality, and the economic and political domination of billionaires, bankers, hedge funds, and giant corporations make the current moment ripe for birthing a movement that can radically transform the country and the world. This is a time of great peril, but also of extraordinary opportunity and—yes—reasons for hope. The last four decades have …

by Saqib BhattiStephen Lerner
Bernie Sanders addressing CWA members

Bernie Sanders, Labor, Ideology and the Future of American Politics

The Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, contrary to all expectation, has become the most important left insurgency in the United States in nearly half a century. Sanders won primaries in 23 states, and amassed over 12 million votes and nearly 43% of the pledged delegates.

by Bob Master

Behind the Scenes with the One Percent

The pop culture genre of “secret look into the lives of the upper class” dominates representations of the wealthy in the United States. In the 1980s, Robin Leach guided us through the “lifestyles of the rich and famous”; now whole swaths of reality TV programming are dedicated to the trials and tribulations of “real” house- wives, …

by Rachel Sherman

The Internet vs. the Labor Movement: Why Unions Are Late-Comers to Digital Organizing

Over the past decade, the importance of digital organizing has soared in electoral and issue based campaigns on the left. The idea that an electoral field organizer need not be a capable database user is patently ridiculous at this point. Political campaigns understand that they need to invest in staff with expertise in digital organizing—whether those are people who can write e-mail subject lines that will…

by Kati Sipp
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Contingent Faculty of the World Unite! Organizing to Resist the Corporatization of Higher Education

The once hallowed and secure work life of American university faculty has for the past quarter century been in turmoil. Being a professor was once a respected, stable profession, but is now increasingly characterized by low pay, minimal benefits, and no job security.

by Malini Cadambi Daniel