unions

On America, part 4: I hate my job

When it comes to problems on the job, we're generally given few options: quit, vote, join a union. Here's why that's not good enough.

The final part in a series challenging some of the underlying assumptions of American political thought, earlier parts here, here, and here.

Lines of Work: Stories of Jobs and Resistance (review)

By Scott Nikolas Nappalos, ed. (Alberta, Canada: Black Cat Press, 2013). Review by Jared Davidson, first published in LHP Bulletin 64.

Legal status of thousands of immigrants put in jeopardy due to despicable lawsuit filed by CWA affiliate

Due to a lawsuit filed by the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers (WATW), an affiliate of the Communications Workers Alliance (CWA), the Department of Homeland Security has invalidated the 17 month extension of the Optional Practical Training program (OPT).

If a strike turns you into a Tory, you probably were one anyway

In the Guardian, Jonathan Jones laments that workers standing up for themselves is getting in the way of him looking at art. Here are five reasons why he’s talking out of his arse and you should support the strikers.

Anarchism and syndicalism - Salvador Seguí

A speech delivered in prison in 1920 by Salvador Seguí, a major, and complex, figure in the early history of the CNT: a proponent of alliances with other trade union and political groups, yet also a militant strike leader who spent years of his life behind bars; an opponent of unconditional membership in the Red Trade Union International in 1919, yet also a supporter of the CNT’s 1922 Zaragoza Declaration, according to which the “totally revolutionary” CNT is “absolutely political” by virtue of its far-reaching social goals; an advocate of more intellectual training for trade union militants and a harsh critic of the increasingly more popular exemplary actions, he was assassinated in 1923.

Taking on the #TradeUnionBill

Expanding on my previous post on the subject, an in depth look at the provisions of the Tory government’s proposed Trade Union Bill and how it can be challenged.

20 June: the beginning of what?

Marchers in London standing behind a banner saying 'End Austerity Now'

Saturday 20 June saw up to 250,000 people march in London under the banner ‘End Austerity Now.’ But four years on from the first ‘March for the Alternative’ back in 2011, how far have we actually travelled?

A workerist response to Mid Atlantic Revolutionary Socialists on the union question and the ultra left

This short article is a response to an essay written by the Mid Atlantic Revolutionary Socialists. I found the essay thought provoking and agreed with parts. Certainly an essay outlining a Trotskyist rank and file strategy in as open and honest a way as it does is very welcome, and I would recommend elements of it as a useful critique of anti-union dogmatism. The purpose of this article, is to discuss the parts I found interesting and respond to the parts I found lacking.

Responding to the new Tory strike laws

Business secretary Sajid Javid standing outside 10 Downing Street

The Queen's Speech recently confirmed that the Tory government's intent to bring in new laws further restricting strikes. The unions have reacted with fury - but will they really do anything about it?

The Company Union Movement, 1900-1937: A Reexamination - Daniel Nelson

A paper by Daniel Nelson about 'company unions' in the United States during the years of 1900-1937.