Oklahoma

USA: The Role of the Union in the Teachers Strikes

It should be common sense that workers can only use their collective strength if united in some body which includes them all. But that assumes that the unions today are representative of the workers. Under modern capitalist conditions the union exists to mediate wage labour on behalf of the state. The unions’ existence as permanent bodies means they have to comply with the rules of the capitalist game. They have become another layer of management within the system.

Oklahoma and Kentucky: Tens of Thousands On Strike

Credit: Timothy D. Easley / AP

Today, tens of thousands of teachers and school staff, joined by supporting community members, parents, and students, walked off their jobs across Oklahoma and Kentucky, inspired by the historic West Virginia teacher’s strike, which saw masses of teachers across the state defy union bosses and government officials. This report first appeared on It's Going Down.

Review: Oil, wheat, and wobblies: the Industrial Workers of the World in Oklahoma, 1905-1930

A review by Anne B. W. Effland of the book, Oil, Wheat, and Wobblies: The Industrial Workers of the World in Oklahoma, 1905-1930.

We are the heirs to the Tulsa Outrage

An article by a member of the restablished Tulsa IWW about the Tulsa Outrage, an incident in 1917 in which Wobblies were tarred and feathered by pro-war vigilantes.

Entering the majority

An article by Zac Smith comparing politics between Oklahoma and France.

Bailing Ourselves Out: Leveraging Against Banking Barons in America’s Heartland

Occupy Norman

Even before the crash, market fundamentalists have allowed unchecked economic warfare to be waged, ravaging neighborhoods across wide swaths of the country. But the people – real people, not ‘corporate persons’ – are fighting back.

US Green Corn rebellion, 1917

In 1917, the Working Class Union reacted to the imposition of military conscription with an ill-fated but heroic armed rebellion that stands with the agitational campaigns of working class anarchists as a revolutionary response to US entry into World War One.