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Business unionism vs revolutionary unionism - Dave Neal

Organize cartoon

A piece on the decline of business unions and the opportunities this has opened up for a resurgent Revolutionary Union movement.

Detroit: I do mind dying. A study in urban revolution - Dan Georgakas and Marvin Surkin

Black workers demonstrate

Detroit: I Do Mind Dying tracks the extraordinary development of the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement and the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, as they became two of the most vital political organizations of the 1960s and 1970s. Here are extracts of what is widely heralded as one the most important books on the black liberation movement and labor struggles in US history.

Venture syndicalism: can reviving the strike revive mass unionization?

A short article by Nate Hawthorne on the prospects of AFL-CIO unions taking bigger risks to halt the decline of unionization rates.

Wither the NLRB?

A blog exploring what appears to be a turn away from NLRB elections by the mainstream unions in America.  Why is this happening and what does it tell us about the state of working class self-organisation in the States?
 

Why does the union bureaucracy exist?

Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO

A 1988 article by Tom Wetzel on the the development of the union bureaucracy and how that changed the nature of unions.

Rediscovering Two Labor Intellectuals - Steve Early

Steve Early reviews collections of writings by Martin Glaberman and Stain Weir, while tying their experience and outlook to the emerging split within the AFL-CIO in 2004.

Of budget cuts and union officials

John Jacobsen on budget cuts in the US and the unsuccessful tactics to combat them used so far by the unions.

The Demise of Andy Stern and the Question of Unions in Contemporary Capitalism - Loren Goldner

Andy Stern at an SEIU rally

The rise and recent fall of Andy Stern illustrates, as if through a glass darkly, that in this epoch there is nothing positive for the class as a whole to be achieved through the unions. With the resignation of SEIU leader Andy Stern, Loren Goldner looks at his legacy and analyses the development and function of trade unions over his career.

Organized labor versus "the revolt against work" - John Zerzan

UAW sit-down strike in Flint, 1937

Article examining the role of unions in the exploitation of workers, focussing in particular on the US car manufacturing industry from the 1930s to 1970s.

USA: Auto-workers on nationwide strike at General Motors

General Motors worker on strike, Parma, Ohio

Thousands of United Auto Workers walked off the job at General Motors Corp. plants around the country Monday in the first nationwide strike against GM since 1970.