Solidarity Unionism

Solidarity Unionism
Author: Staughton Lynd
Publsiher: PM Press
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2015-04-15
ISBN: 1629631280
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Solidarity Unionism Book Excerpt:

Solidarity Unionism is critical reading for all who care about the future of labor. Drawing deeply on Staughton Lynd's experiences as a labor lawyer and activist in Youngstown, OH, and on his profound understanding of the history of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), Solidarity Unionism helps us begin to put not only movement but also vision back into the labor movement. While many lament the decline of traditional unions, Lynd takes succor in the blossoming of rank-and-file worker organizations throughout the world that are countering rapacious capitalists and those comfortable labor leaders that think they know more about work and struggle than their own members. If we apply a new measure of workers’ power that is deeply rooted in gatherings of workers and communities, the bleak and static perspective about the sorry state of labor today becomes bright and dynamic. To secure the gains of solidarity unions, Staughton has proposed parallel bodies of workers who share the principles of rank-and-file solidarity and can coordinate the activities of local workers’ assemblies. Detailed and inspiring examples include experiments in workers' self-organization across industries in steel-producing Youngstown, as well as horizontal networks of solidarity formed in a variety of U.S. cities and successful direct actions overseas. This is a tradition that workers understand but labor leaders reject. After so many failures, it is time to frankly recognize that the century-old system of recognition of a single union as exclusive collective bargaining agent was fatally flawed from the beginning and doesn’t work for most workers. If we are to live with dignity, we must collectively resist. This book is not a prescription but reveals the lived experience of working people continuously taking risks for the common good.

Solidarity Unionism at Starbucks

Solidarity Unionism at Starbucks
Author: Staughton Lynd,Daniel Gross
Publsiher: PM Press
Total Pages: 36
Release: 2011-01-01
ISBN: 1604865040
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Solidarity Unionism at Starbucks Book Excerpt:

Legendary legal scholar Staughton Lynd teams up with influential labor organizer Daniel Gross in this exposition on solidarity unionism, the do-it-yourself workplace organizing system that is rapidly gaining prominence around the country and around the world. Lynd and Gross make the audacious argument that workers themselves on the shop floor, not outside union officials, are the real hope for labor’s future. Utilizing the principles of solidarity unionism, any group of co-workers, like the workers at Starbucks, can start building an organization to win an independent voice at work without waiting for a traditional trade union to come and “organize” them. Indeed, in a leaked recording of a conference call, the nation’s most prominent union-busting lobbyist coined a term, “the Starbucks problem,” as a warning to business executives about the risk of working people organizing themselves and taking direct action to improve issues at work. Combining history and theory with the groundbreaking practice of the model used by Starbucks workers, Lynd and Gross make a compelling case for solidarity unionism as an effective, resilient, and deeply democratic approach to winning a voice on the job and in society.

Labor Law for the Rank Filer

Labor Law for the Rank   Filer
Author: Staughton Lynd,Daniel Gross
Publsiher: PM Press
Total Pages: 120
Release: 2011-06-01
ISBN: 1604865695
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Labor Law for the Rank Filer Book Excerpt:

Have you ever felt your blood boil at work but lacked the tools to fight back and win? Or have you acted together with your co-workers, made progress, but wondered what to do next? If you are in a union, do you find that it operates top-down just like the boss and ignores the will of its members? Labor Law for the Rank and Filer: Building Solidarity While Staying Clear of the Law is a guerrilla legal handbook for workers in a precarious global economy. It demonstrates how a powerful model of organizing called “solidarity unionism” can help workers avoid the pitfalls of the legal system and use direct action to win. Blending cutting-edge legal strategies for winning justice at work with a theory of dramatic social change from below, Staughton Lynd and Daniel Gross deliver a practical guide for making work better while reinvigorating the labor movement. The book examines specific cases concerning fundamental labor rights and includes a section on tactics and principles of practicing solidarity unionism. Illustrative stories of workers’ struggles make the legal principles come alive. The New York Times has reported on the book’s importance in recent and ongoing labor organizing in the tech industry—for example among employees of Google, Kickstarter, and Uber, whose union campaigns were influenced by ideas gleaned from Labor Law for the Rank and Filer. Meredith Whittaker, a former Google research scientist who was one of the organizers of the 2018 Google employee walkout, said that the book has been “incredibly helpful in thinking through options for action, ways of building collective power, and giving workers who often aren’t familiar with labor law some working knowledge that can guide decision making.”

Solidarity Unionism

Solidarity Unionism
Author: Staughton Lynd
Publsiher: Pm Press
Total Pages: 117
Release: 2015
ISBN: 9781629630960
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Solidarity Unionism Book Excerpt:

Critical reading for all who care about the future of labor, Solidarity Unionism draws deeply on Staughton Lynd's experiences as a labor lawyer and activist in Youngstown, Ohio, and on his profound understanding of the history of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). The book helps us begin to put not only movement, but also vision, back into the labor movement. There is a blossoming of rank-and-file worker organizations throughout the world that are countering rapacious capitalists and labor leaders who think they know more about work and struggle than their own members. To secure the gains of solidarity unions, Lynd has proposed parallel bodies of workers who share the principles of rank-and-file solidarity and can coordinate the activities of local workers' assemblies. Detailed and inspiring examples include experiments in workers' self-organization across industries in steel-producing Youngstown, as well as horizontal networks of solidarity formed in a variety of U.S. cities and successful direct actions overseas. This book is not a prescription but reveals the lived experience of working people continuously taking risks for the common good.

Solidarity Unionism

Solidarity Unionism
Author: Staughton Lynd,Mike Konopacki
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 63
Release: 1992-01-01
ISBN: 9780882862088
Category: Labor movement
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Solidarity Unionism Book Excerpt:

Fred Thompson - 1900-1987 - Socialist, Wobbly, organizer, soapboxer, editor, class-war prisoner, educator, historian and publisher (it was he who spearheaded the effort to get the Charles H Kerr Company back on its feet in the 1970s). Here are lively accounts of his career as a teen-age socialist in Canada during the First World War; adventures as a hobo on the road; hard years in San Quentin; organizing for the IWW - Colorado miners in the 1920s, Detroit auto-workers in the early '30s, Cleveland metal-workers in the '40s; encounters with the mysterious Wobbly philosopher, T-Bone Slim; teaching at the IWW Work People's College; and much more. From cover to cover, this book bristles with the characteristic humor and wisdom of a self-taught workingstuff, esteemed by intellectuals as diverse as George Rawick, Studs Terkel, and Archie Green as one of the great men of our time. Compiled, edited, and introduced by David Roediger

Migrant Organising

Migrant Organising
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 232
Release: 2021-07-26
ISBN: 9004464964
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Migrant Organising Book Excerpt:

Migrant Organising offers an account of how trade union and migrant workers today respond to the transformation of work, the rise of global chains and the intensification of international migrations, by reinventing community-based unionism and building solidarity networks.

We are All Leaders

 We are All Leaders
Author: Staughton Lynd
Publsiher: University of Illinois Press
Total Pages: 343
Release: 1996
ISBN: 9780252065477
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

We are All Leaders Book Excerpt:

"We Are All Leaders" describes a kind of union qualitatively different from the bureaucratic business unions that make up the AFL-CIO today. From African American nutpickers in St. Louis, chemical and rubber workers in Akron, textile workers in the South, and bootleg miners in Pennsylvania to tenant farmers in the Mississippi Delta, packinghouse and garment workers in Minnesota, seamen in San Francisco, and labor party campaigns throughout the country, workers in the 1930s were experimenting with community-based unionism. Contributors to this volume draw on interviews with participants in the events described, first-person narratives, trade union documents, and other primary sources to tell what workers of the 1930s did. The alternative unionism of the 1930s was democratic, deeply rooted in mutual aid among workers in different crafts and work sites, and politically independent. The key to it was a value system based on egalitarianism. The cry, "We are all leaders " resonated among rank-and-file activists. Their struggle, often ignored by historians, has much to teach us today about union organizing. CONTRIBUTORS: Rosemary Feurer, Peter Rachleff, Janet Irons, Mark D. Naison, Eric Leif Davin, Elizabeth Faue, Michael Kozura, John Borsos, Stan Weir A volume in the series The Working Class in American History, edited by David Brody, Alice Kessler-Harris, David Montgomery, and Sean Wilenz

Political Protest and Labor Solidarity in Korea

Political Protest and Labor Solidarity in Korea
Author: Doowon Suh
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2008-12-05
ISBN: 1134040490
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Political Protest and Labor Solidarity in Korea Book Excerpt:

East Asia has undergone an intense period of economic development and accompanying social change in recent years and among the unforeseen social phenomena that have emerged are new forms of trade unions. This book analyzes the importance of such a new union movement in Korea by focusing on the promotion of social reforms by, and the intensification of interunion solidarity between the white-collar movement factions. Three sectors of the white-collar movement are examined—financial, hospital, and research unions. In comparing their success in raising social reforms and fortifying interunion solidarity, Doowon Suh considers diverse macro and micro social relations, such as the structure of political opportunities, organization leadership, and the effects of internal labor markets. This book is an important read for those interested in industrial relations, labor history and social movements in Korea.

European Trade Unions in the 21st Century

European Trade Unions in the 21st Century
Author: Barry Colfer
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 319
Release: 2022-03-28
ISBN: 3030882853
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

European Trade Unions in the 21st Century Book Excerpt:

Trade unions in Europe face a range of cross-cutting challenges. This includes the near-universal contraction in union membership; the related decline of traditionally highly unionised blue-collar industries; and the rise of automation, microprocessing, and digitalisation, which can make it cheaper for employers to invest in machines than to pay humans to work. The breakdown of the standard contract of employment and increasing rates of precarious work have further transformed the world of work. Taken together, this makes any collectivist vision of society, and the notion of solidarity upon which trade unionism is built, difficult to sustain. All this raises tough questions for trade unionists, policy-makers, and researchers alike regarding the future of trade unions, the oldest and largest civil society movement in Europe. The contributions in this volume explore the prospects for union revival across a range of cases, including by focusing on the pursuit of legal remedies and on the opportunities associated with the network society to defend the interests of workers. This interdisciplinary volume includes contributions that consider the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Poland, the United Kingdom, and the EU level by researchers coming from a range of disciplines and backgrounds. The volume should especially appeal to researchers and practitioners working in the fields of political science, sociology, law, and business studies.

Transnational Trade Unionism

Transnational Trade Unionism
Author: Peter Fairbrother,Christian Lévesque,Marc-Antonin Hennebert
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2013-08-22
ISBN: 1136681841
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Transnational Trade Unionism Book Excerpt:

Transnational trade union action has expanded significantly over the last few decades and has taken a variety of shapes and trajectories. This book is concerned with understanding the spatial extension of trade union action, and in particular the development of new forms of collective mobilization, network-building, and forms of regulation that bridge local and transnational issues. Through the work of leading international specialists, this collection of essays examines the process and dynamic of transnational trade union action and provides analytical and conceptual tools to understand these developments. The research presented here emphasizes that the direction of transnational solidarity remains contested, subject to experimentation and negotiation, and includes studies of often overlooked developments in transition and developing countries with original analyses from the European Union and NAFTA areas. Providing a fresh examination of transnational solidarity, this volume offers neither a romantic or overly optimistic narrative of a borderless unionism, nor does it fall into a fatalistic or pessimistic account of international union solidarity. Through original research conducted at different levels, this book disentangles the processes and dynamics of institution building and challenges the conventional national based forms of unionism that prevailed in the latter half of the twentieth century.

Workers and Trade Unions for Climate Solidarity

Workers and Trade Unions for Climate Solidarity
Author: Paul Hampton
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 212
Release: 2015-06-05
ISBN: 1317554345
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Workers and Trade Unions for Climate Solidarity Book Excerpt:

This book is a theoretically rich and empirically grounded account of UK trade union engagement with climate change over the last three decades. It offers a rigorous critique of the mainstream neoliberal and ecological modernisation approaches, extending the concepts of Marxist social and employment relations theory to the climate realm. The book applies insights from employment relations to the political economy of climate change, developing a model for understanding trade union behaviour over climate matters. The strong interdisciplinary approach draws together lessons from both physical and social science, providing an original empirical investigation into the climate politics of the UK trade union movement from high level officials down to workplace climate representatives, from issues of climate jobs to workers’ climate action. This book will be of great interest to students and researchers in environmental politics, climate change and environmental sociology.

The New Rank and File

The New Rank and File
Author: Staughton Lynd,Alice Lynd
Publsiher: Cornell University Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2018-08-06
ISBN: 1501728342
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The New Rank and File Book Excerpt:

Much has changed for workers in the years since Staughton and Alice Lynd's classic Rank and File: Personal Histories by Working-Class Organizers was first published in 1973. The New Rank and File presents interviews with working-class organizers of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s who face the challenges of a new economy with the same determination and creativity shown by those profiled in the earlier book. Reflecting the increasing globalization of labor practices—and problems—The New Rank and File contains oral histories of workers in Guatemala, Palestine, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Canada, as well as the United States. In their narratives, rank-and-file workers from many different industries and workplaces reveal the specific incidents and pervasive injustices that triggered their activism. They discuss the frustrations they faced in attempting to effect change through traditional means, and the ways in which they have learned to advocate through innovation. In an incisive introduction, the Lynds set forth their distinctive perspective on the labor movement, with a focus on "solidarity unionism": making decisions on the assumption that we all may be leaders at one time or another rather than relying on static hierarchies. Their insights, along with true stories told in the organizers' own words, contain much to inspire a new generation of workers and activists. Jim Brophy Tony Budak Andrea Carney Chinese Staff and Workers' Association Coalition of University Employees Bill DiPietro Kay Eisenhower Rich Feldman The Frente Autentico del Trabajo Marshall Ganz Mia Giunta Martin Glaberman Mayra Guillen The Hebron Union of Workers and General Service Personnel Hugo Hernandez Margaret Keith Elly Leary Ed Mann Charlie McCollester Virginia Roman Vicky Starr Gary Stevenson Mike Stout Manuela Aju Tambriz James Trevathan TriState Conference on Steel Mauricio Vallejos Workers for Ford in Mexico

Transnational Labour Solidarity

Transnational Labour Solidarity
Author: Katarzyna Gajewska
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 249
Release: 2009-06-02
ISBN: 113401838X
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Transnational Labour Solidarity Book Excerpt:

The book examines the integration of European trade union movement and explores the prospects for European or transnational solidarity among workers. Contrary to much existing research and despite national differences, Gajewska examines how trade unions cooperate and the forms in which this cooperation take place. Drawing on four case studies illustrating experiences of Polish, German, British, Latvian and Swedish trade unions in various sectors and workers’ representatives at a multinational company, this book investigates the conditions under which trade unions and workers formulate their interests in non-national / regional terms, and analyzes the character, limits and potentials of solidarity in a transnational context. Seeking to generate a new theory of European integration of labour and to contribute to sociological approaches on the European integration and Europeanization of society, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of European politics, European integration, labour/industrial relations, trade unionism and sociology.

Trade Unionism Since 1945

Trade Unionism Since 1945
Author: Craig Phelan
Publsiher: Peter Lang
Total Pages: 472
Release: 2009
ISBN: 9783039114108
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Trade Unionism Since 1945 Book Excerpt:

This book offers the detailed historical background required for a holistic appreciation of current problems faced and the possibilities for revitalisation. In two volumes it provides introductory overviews of trade union development since the end of World War II in 26 countries from every corner of the globe. Each chapter explains the main contours of trade union growth and development in one country from the pivotal year 1945 to the present. Each chapter assesses the often dynamic expansion of trade unionism in the 1950s and 1960s; the role of trade unionism in the movements for national liberation in the Global South and the erection of social welfare systems in the developed North; the economic shocks that resulted in membership decline and loss of political influence from the late 1970s onward; the economic restructuring and growing labour market diversity of the 1980s and 1990s that undercut the traditional bases of trade union membership; and the historical roots of the contemporary political and economic context in which revitalisation efforts are taking place.

Khizr Tiwana the Punjab Unionist Party and the Partition of India

Khizr Tiwana  the Punjab Unionist Party and the Partition of India
Author: Ian Talbot
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 216
Release: 2013-12-16
ISBN: 1136790365
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Khizr Tiwana the Punjab Unionist Party and the Partition of India Book Excerpt:

First biography of Khizr Tiwana, the Unionist Premier of the Punjab during the climacteric period 1942-47. The Punjab formed the heartland of a future Pakistan, hence the subcontinent's destiny rested on the clash between Khizr and Jinnah over the region's unity vs Muslim separatism.

European Trade Unions in the 21st Century

European Trade Unions in the 21st Century
Author: Barry Colfer
Publsiher: Palgrave Macmillan
Total Pages: 285
Release: 2022-03-18
ISBN: 9783030882846
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

European Trade Unions in the 21st Century Book Excerpt:

Trade unions in Europe face a range of cross-cutting challenges. This includes the near-universal contraction in union membership; the related decline of traditionally highly unionised blue-collar industries; and the rise of automation, microprocessing, and digitalisation, which can make it cheaper for employers to invest in machines than to pay humans to work. The breakdown of the standard contract of employment and increasing rates of precarious work have further transformed the world of work. Taken together, this makes any collectivist vision of society, and the notion of solidarity upon which trade unionism is built, difficult to sustain. All this raises tough questions for trade unionists, policy-makers, and researchers alike regarding the future of trade unions, the oldest and largest civil society movement in Europe. The contributions in this volume explore the prospects for union revival across a range of cases, including by focusing on the pursuit of legal remedies and on the opportunities associated with the network society to defend the interests of workers. This interdisciplinary volume includes contributions that consider the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Poland, the United Kingdom, and the EU level by researchers coming from a range of disciplines and backgrounds. The volume should especially appeal to researchers and practitioners working in the fields of political science, sociology, law, and business studies.

Recoding Power

Recoding Power
Author: SIDNEY A. ROTHSTEIN,Assistant Professor of Political Science Sidney A Rothstein
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2022-06-21
ISBN: 0197612873
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Recoding Power Book Excerpt:

Does digital transformation make worker power impossible? Many seem to think so, especially those who see the Silicon Valley model as the best chance for economic growth in the twenty-first century. If economic growth requires deregulating markets for labor and finance capital, then labor's traditional power resources - especially institutions for social protection and the unions that support and enforce them - need to be dismantled. Rising inequality and spreading precarity are therefore inevitable and unavoidable in a world where workers cannot defend against employer discretion. In Recoding Power, Rothstein argues that worker power is possible in digital transformation, and outlines three tactics that workers can use in order to defend against precarity. Tracing how workers respond to mass layoffs at four tech firms in the United States and Germany, Rothstein shows that workers can build power in twenty-first century capitalism when they put workplace discourse at the center of their tactics for collective action. Close analysis of struggles in the workplace uncovers the creative tactics workers can develop to "recode" management's discourse in order to recognize the possibility of power and mobilize to transform that possibility into reality. By centering workers' lived experiences in the workplace, Recoding Power develops an account of actually existing digital transformation, illustrating how the path of capitalist development is shaped not by economic necessity, but by political creativity.

The Upswing

The Upswing
Author: Robert D. Putnam
Publsiher: Simon & Schuster
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2020-10-13
ISBN: 198212914X
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Upswing Book Excerpt:

An eminent political scientist’s brilliant analysis of economic, social, and political trends over the past century demonstrating how we have gone from an individualistic “I” society to a more communitarian “We” society and then back again, and how we can learn from that experience to become a stronger, more unified nation—from the author of Bowling Alone and Our Kids. Deep and accelerating inequality; unprecedented political polarization; vitriolic public discourse; a fraying social fabric; public and private narcissism—Americans today seem to agree on only one thing: This is the worst of times. But we’ve been here before. During the Gilded Age of the late 1800s, America was highly individualistic, starkly unequal, fiercely polarized, and deeply fragmented, just as it is today. However as the twentieth century opened, America became—slowly, unevenly, but steadily—more egalitarian, more cooperative, more generous; a society on the upswing, more focused on our responsibilities to one another and less focused on our narrower self-interest. Sometime during the 1960s, however, these trends reversed, leaving us in today’s disarray. In a sweeping overview of more than a century of history, drawing on his inimitable combination of statistical analysis and storytelling, Robert Putnam analyzes a remarkable confluence of trends that brought us from an “I” society to a “We” society and then back again. He draws inspiring lessons for our time from an earlier era, when a dedicated group of reformers righted the ship, putting us on a path to becoming a society once again based on community. Engaging, revelatory, and timely, this is Putnam’s most ambitious work yet, a fitting capstone to a brilliant career.

Forging Solidarity in the Struggle Over the North American Free Trade Agreement

Forging Solidarity in the Struggle Over the North American Free Trade Agreement
Author: Michael C. Dreiling
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 530
Release: 1997
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Free trade
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Forging Solidarity in the Struggle Over the North American Free Trade Agreement Book Excerpt:

Homestead Steel Mill the Final Ten Years

Homestead Steel Mill   the Final Ten Years
Author: Mike Stout
Publsiher: PM Press
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2020-06-01
ISBN: 1629638056
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Homestead Steel Mill the Final Ten Years Book Excerpt:

Spanning the famous Homestead steel strike of 1892 through the century-long fight for a union and union democracy, Homestead Steel Mill—the Final Ten Years is a case history on the vitality of organized labor. Written by fellow worker and musician Mike Stout, the book is an insider’s portrait of the union at the U.S. Steel’s Homestead Works, specifically the workers, activists, and insurgents that made up the radically democratic Rank and File Caucus from 1977 to 1987. Developing its own “inside-outside” approach to unionism, the Rank and File Caucus drastically expanded their sphere of influence so that, in addition to fighting for their own rights as workers, they fought to prevent the closures of other steel plants, opposed U.S. imperialism in Central America, fought for civil rights, and built strategic coalitions with local environmental groups. Mike Stout skillfully chronicles his experience in the takeover and restructuring of the union’s grievance procedure at Homestead by regular workers and put at the service of its thousands of members. Stout writes with raw honesty and pulls no punches when recounting the many foibles and setbacks he experienced along the way. The Rank and File Caucus was a profound experiment in democracy that was aided by the 1397 Rank and File newspaper—an ultimate expression of truth, democracy, and free speech that guaranteed every union member a valuable voice. Profusely illustrated with dozens of photographs, Homestead Steel Mill—the Final Ten Years is labor history at its best, providing a vivid account of how ordinary workers can radicalize their unions.