Tag Archives: union

Employee Free Choice Act – Still Worth Fighting For

An article posted in last Friday’s New York Times is certainly getting a lot of attention by left folks around the labor movement and beyond. Reaction has varied, but for folks who’ve managed to miss the flurry of tweets, facebook … Continue reading

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Questions on Raising a Child and Being a Revolutionary

I recently became a new parent, and navigating how to raise a child in this complex world as well as holding down revolutionary / organizing work is a daunting task.I feel like I have a lot more to learn from … Continue reading

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Is My Union Gomperist?

The AFL leader for most of the early 20th century was Samuel Gompers, an English immigrant cigarmaker.  His strategy and method of unionism was so well-established that it has since been termed “Gomperism.”  Gomperism is commonly known as business unionism.  … Continue reading

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A Guy Named ‘Bob': Life in This Brave New World without Health Care and Job Security

Over the years I have gotten to know a guy named "Bob" [not his real name]. The government would probably classify him as an independent contractor, but he works for this company that does what can broadly be described as … Continue reading

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Two Federations, Little Improvement: An Evaluation of the Split in the Trade Union Movement

In early September 2005 labor activists in Freedom Road Socialist Organization / Organización Socialista del Camino para la Libertad (FRSO/OSCL) met for a weekend. The primary purpose of this meeting was to evaluate the momentous changes organized labor had recently … Continue reading

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Two Federations, Little Improvement: A Preliminary Evaluation of the Split in the Trade Union Mvmt

In early September 2005 labor activists in Freedom Road met for a weekend to evaluate the momentous changes organized labor has recently faced and to identify some key challenges and opportunities for leftists working within the trade unions and other … Continue reading

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Race & Class in the US: The Legacy of Ted Allen

A Talk By Bill May 2, 2005 New York City Good afternoon. This is a special honor. I not only thought the world of Ted Allen, but I saw him as one of my chief mentors. One of the unusual things … Continue reading

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¡Presente! Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson Bob Johnson, a Forward Motion supporter and member of Freedom Road Socialist Organization, died in Berkeley, California August 31, 1992 after a two-year struggle with brain cancer. He was fifty-five. Bob came from a militant union background and … Continue reading

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Colombian Trade Unionists

“The 35-member Witness for Peace delegation in which I participated in January of 2002 included union members, students, teachers, religious activists, and environmentalists. In Colombia I visited the cities of Bogotá and Barrancabermeja, and part of the delegation traveled to … Continue reading

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Building a Union from Scratch

 The Realities of Organizing Low-wage Workers The effort required to move everything forward is monumental. Take the conditions that housekeepers, the core of the university division of UE150, have to deal with. This overwhelmingly female workforce must often work more … Continue reading

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