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Occupy Iowa City: Notes after the First Weekend

A look at Occupy Iowa City and its prospects for growth and escalation.

Swept under the rug and left for dead; How, according to the boss, swearing is worse than harassment

An account of an incident of sexual harassment in the workplace, the inadequate response from management and possible retaliation after reporting.

Disinterest compounded daily: A critique of Point-Blank as a revolutionary organisation and a few proposals for the supersession of situationism

Two former participants in the 1970s US situationist grouping Point Blank, Gina Rosenberg and Chris Shutes, critique the organisation.

Just a matter of gloves - Stan Weir

An account of a work stoppage over the issue of gloves being supplied in a factory.

Unions with Leaders Who Stay on the Job (a.k.a. Class War Lessons) - Stan Weir

Stain Weir writes about direct action and on-the-job union leadership as a merchant marine in the 1940s.

The informal work group - Stan Weir

Stan Weir on some of his life experiences at work and what he saw as the "the only organizational form opposed to formal bureaucracies which cannot be captured by them", the informal work group. From Rank and File: Personal Histories of Working-Class Organizers (1973)

“The bottom line isn't the whole thing”: Detroit, anti-racism and labour history

New Beginnings interviews a Detroit militant with decades of organizing experience in the area.

“What do you do for a living?”

A tale of toil by Frank Edgewick, a guest services agent in an American hotel.

Waves of Struggle, The Winter Campaign at the Post Office in Edmonton

In the summer of 2011 Canadian government legislation ordered Canadian postal workers back to work after an intense Canada-wide strike. The struggle continues after the end of the official strike, and, as this article shows, the struggle started before the official strike began. The militancy and creativity of the Canadian postal workers offer lessons well beyond their industry.

Diary of an anarchist hospo worker

Diary of an Anarchist Hospo Worker

An article by a member of the Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement looking at life in the hospitality industry.