direct unionism

[VIDEO] How to Grow a Movement: Tips for Activists & Organizers

Advice that is useful for any organizer or activist, to help your organization or movement grow in both size and active participation.

This advice draws from two sources:

1. Social psychology

2. Real life examples of successful mass movements and organizing campaigns

This video is an episode of the Aktion Show, a weekly livestream about praxis and direct action, but includes a brief intro and outro that was not part of the show. Skip to 4:03 for the main presentation.

https://youtu.be/VsN_IMFa0tE

How to Hold a Good Meeting: Rusty's Rules of Order

Rusty's Rules is a simplified version of Robert's Rules. It enables good meeting process while being simple enough to easily memorize. Meetings are an essential part of organizing, of self-management, and of collective action. With good process, meetings can be highly effective, but without good process, meetings can easily become a useless waste of time. So Rusty's Rules is a very important tool, not just for successful meetings, but for successful organizing, successful action, and successful class-struggle.

Solidarity 1913

Solidarity 1913

A reprint – within Solidarity for Workers’ Power, vol. 2, no. 1 (1962) – of a passage from the first issue of Solidarity: A Monthly Journal of Militant Trade Unionism produced by the Industrial Democracy League in September, 1913.

Do solidarity unions need to ‘go public’?

Stardust Banner

Marianne Garneau and MK Lees reexamine the value of the "Going Public" step in solidarity union organizing drives.

The Vest Pocket Chairman by R. Heathwood and G. Horsman 1960

Vest Pocket Chairman 1960 front cover

The National Council of Labour Colleges (NCLC) was an organisation set up in the United Kingdom to foster working class self-education.

Attractive hardcopy!

Announcement about some new pamphlets from Thoughtcrime Ink

Developing the IWW’s direct unionism politics

An article by Juan Conatz replying to some of the Direct Unionism discussion paper responses.

Wobblies and unfair labor practices

An article by Kevin S about the problems of using Unfair Labor Practice charges in IWW organizing.

No more double-edged swords

In this post I argue that we should build organizations that can't be used as instruments for enforcing capitalist social relationships.

Informal work groups and resistance on the sunrise shift

An account of an informal work group at UPS taking on a grievance with management.