WorkingUSA

Local unions, “primitive democracy,” and workers’ self-activity - Staughton Lynd

An article directed at "local union officers or would-be local union officers who hope somehow to make use of their tenure in local union office to move toward a socialist society", Staughton Lynd provides historical examples of working class self-activity, concluding with a choice between business unionism and horizontalism.

Workers' democracy - Staughton Lynd

Serbia 2000

An article by Staughton Lynd reinterprets the concept of union democracy to include workers of all kinds (unionized workers, nonunion workers, and farmers); protection of the rights to strike, picket, and slow down; and the demand for worker-community ownership. This article examines two recent examples of workers’ democracy: the Serbian revolution of 2000 and the Zapatistas’ ongoing struggle in Chiapas, Mexico.

Solidarity unionism at Starbucks: the IWW uses Section 7

An article from Staughton Lynd and Daniel Gross on the IWW's organizing at Starbucks. Originally appeared in WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society (September 2007).

The IWW at one hundred: the return of the haunted hall?

Melvyn Dubofsky suggests many histories of the IWW are clouded by myth, including the figures most deserving of our respect and attention.

Rediscovering Two Labor Intellectuals - Steve Early

Steve Early reviews collections of writings by Martin Glaberman and Stain Weir, while tying their experience and outlook to the emerging split within the AFL-CIO in 2004.

Seething with the ideal : Galleanisti and class struggle in late 19th century and early 20th-century USA

Christopher Wellbrook analyzes the Italian-American insurrectionary anarchists of the early 20th Century.

Anarchy in the Unions: Contemporary Anarchists at Work - Jeffrey Shantz

An article looking at anarchists' involvement in rank-and-file committees and flying squads in Canada.