accounts

We'll let you know when to come back - Kermit Johnson

First hand account of Kermit Johnson, rank and file chairman for the strike committee during the Flint sit down strike of 1936-37.

Striking agreement: How one neighborhood school sees CPS’ attempt at a deal

CTU members on strike

A first-hand account from the Chicago Teachers Union strike, from education worker Agnieszka Karoluk.

My first job – what was yours?

Recomposition started at the end of August, 2010. We’re pleased with what’s happened in the last two years, and we hope you are as well. It seems appropriate to celebrate the two year mark with a work story and by getting more more interactive for a change. Below, Siobhan writes about her first job. In the comments, please tell us what your first job was, how old you were when you got it, and what that job was it like.

Rivethead - Ben Hamper

Down and out memoirs of a line assembly worker for GM Motors over the 1980s. In amongst co-workers going postal in the local bar, drinking on the job and witnessing mental breakdowns, Hamper wrote the book during his shifts on the shop floor.

Self-employment, or the illusion of freedom

An account of 'freelancing' and the attitude this has promoted within the author's co-workers.

Factotum - Charles Bukowski

The only person to have made a writing career about yo-yoing in and out of employment, Bukowski accounts the conditions in 1944 having faced rejection from the draft. Although racist, incredibly misogynistic and generally prejudiced to anyone including himself, this is an honest look at the tedium of work.

The anarchists in London 1935-1955 - Albert Meltzer

Albert Meltzer's personal account and reminiscences of the anarchist movement and its personalities in London between 1935 and 1955

A moving story

A Moving Story

In the Summer of 2012 the exploited workers of Rabbit Movers autonomously organized our shop and began the fight for control over the conditions of our lives. This is one worker’s account of how it all went down.

On worker control (of the staff meeting)

A short blog detailing and analysing a low-level direct action in which I participated in the recent past.

Visiting the Freie ArbeiterInnen Union (FAU) in Berlin

An account by a Solidarity Federation member of a visit with FAU members in Germany.