Organizing Work

You say you want a general strike

Marianne Garneau critiques recent calls for general strikes. This article first appeared on Organizing Work.

When bosses play the victim

Image: anti-union cartoon from Saturday Night magazine, 1905

Rachel Stafford takes on bosses who claim to be bullied by worker organizing. This article first appeared on Organizing Work.

Pushing: On the U in AEIOU

MK Lees describes the psychological dimensions of organizing. This article first appeared on the Organizing Work blog.

Interview on the strike wave in Mexico

SITUAM workers march in Mexico City, 2019 | Image courtesy Patrick Cuninghame

Ray Valentine interviews Patrick Cuninghame, a History and Sociology lecturer at the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana (UAM) in Mexico City, about the strike wave in Mexico this year. The strikes started in Matamoros, among workers in maquiladoras (assembly plants), and later spread to seven universities, including UAM. This interview was first published on the Organizing Work blog.

How to socialize the workplace

Roger Williams, an education worker, talks about building social relationships with coworkers, to lay the foundation for organizing. This article was first published by the Organizing Work blog.

Uber and Lyft drivers deserve a better strike

An article from the Organizing Work blog, critically analyzing the recent Uber/Lyft strikes. This article focuses on the US experience, and doesn't discuss the extent of participation in the UK.

How West Virginia teachers defied the state—and their unions

Michael M describes his experience helping organize the West Virginia teacher strikes in 2018 and 2019, as a member of the West Virginia United caucus, and the IWW. This article was first published by the Organizing Work blog.

Socialist Leaders Won’t Save Unions

An article from the Organizing Work blog that offers a structural account of the role played by unions and the pressures that cause union leaders to act in the ways they do, in response to a recent Jacobin article calling for socialist union leadership.

Citizen Participation vs Class Power: Thoughts on community organizing

Ray Valentine talks about the limitations of the community organizing model. This article was first published by Organizing Work.