Recomposition's blog

Off the clock

Jen Rogue writes about how our work life infiltrates itself into our dreams and technically amounts to unpaid labor.

And I am still sleepy

As part of our series on sleep, work and dreams, Al Tucker dreams about temporary warehouse work.

Coping with clopening: retail worker’s most dreaded shift

Our friend Liberté Locke writes about what it’s like to work a ‘clopen’ in retail, to close the store late at night and get up early the next morning to open the store. Liberte’s story is the first in a series of stories we’re going to be running about work, sleep, and dreams. In their own way each of these stories gets at an important part of life under capitalism. Capitalists make their money by making us make products and perform services that the capitalists own. They don’t pay us the full value of what we add to those products and services. That’s key to capitalists’ profits. This is a kind of robbery. But there’s another kind of robbery...

Interviews with organizers: Canada’s postal struggles & the New School occupation

Two interviews with organizers in recent struggles.

Fighting and firings at Canada Post

In this post, Phinneas Gage tells a story about action on the job, management retaliation, and workers’ responses.

The committee in action - Phinneas Gage

In this article Phinneas Gage describes how workers at Canada Post have organized themselves, and the ups and downs and risks of organizing.

Credit crunched – working in financial services during the 2008-2009 crash

This article comes from a comrade who is a member of the Solidarity Federation in the UK. He describes the article as “An account of working for a credit company during the financial crisis, as well as workers’ attempts to resist speed-ups and workload increases.”

Stories from the CUPW Lock Out: or how to create a story that can reshape who we are and how we act

This story by our friend Bruce is reprinted from Linchpin, the publication of our comrades at Common Cause, about the CUPW lock out.

Class War on the Work Floor – Audio Recording

We’re pleased to repost this from our comrades at Common Cause.

Reasonable accommodation

Our friend and comrade Invisible Man has contributed stories before about life on the job. In this piece he provides an analysis of race and policy and movements in Quebec. In a time of crisis and with a potential for rising right-wing movements, his points are relevant to people around the world.

Holding the line: informal pace setting in the workplace

Juan Conatz recalls an experience working in a warehouse which was trying to increase productivity and the resistance that some of his co-workers responded with.

On Contracts

An article by Phinneas Gage dealing with collective bargaining agreements between a small shop and the Canadian postal workers union.

The shoe nazi

This is a story about race, class, and poverty, from a friend who writes a blog anonymously as Invisible Man.

Caring: a labor of stolen time

Our friend Jennifer Ng wrote this about her job and her organizing at a nursing home. It deals with a lot of issues about the commodification of life and of death under capitalism as well as issues of race on the job, and the specifics of caring work.

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.

A New Workerism: Capitalist Crisis, Proletarianization, and the Future of the Left

Republic Windows and Doors occupation, Chicago, 2008.

Originally written for and circulated at the 2010 US Social Forum in Detroit, Alex advocates an emphasis on workplace organizing and an orientation toward some historical experiences that he believes contain resources for us in the present.

“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.

Locked out workers' anger grows at Canada Post

Following weeks of rolling strike action, Canada Post locked out its 50,000 workers on the night of 14 June. Here follows an exciting personal account of workers fighting back and locking managers in in Edmonton.

Teacher Diary

A short account from a teacher about some of her co-workers and issues at work.