I think just about everyone here likes the basic idea of raising hell even in situations, maybe especially in situations, where an ordinary union apparatus isn't going to be applicable.
And even leaving aside the question of whether wants to use the label "union" or not, I have a basic problem with this piece of this text.
[quote=Towards A Union Of Organizers]
In all of these examples practiced organizing skills can help to understand and empower your fellow workers. Doing so will also make you capable of better supporting other workers’ struggles and give you experience to be able to offer others practical advice.
As such, you should get down to an organizer training to gain the skills and framework you need to begin setting and meeting workplace goals. From there, it’s useful to find yourself an organizing buddy: perhaps a delegate, another worker in your industry, a co-worker or all three to set a regular schedule for talking about work, setting goals, and making change happen.[/quote]
I have a problem with the kind of bureaucratic tone but especially with the idea there is something like magical "organizing skills" that will get everything moving. What are these? Public speaking? Putting together mailing lists?
This whole thing has an Alynskiite tone to it - it carries an assumption there is some special "organizer" quality that is the factor getting militant action going.
Even more, the organizations that have spread through "training organizers" were the various semi-state-supported organizations such the CIO and ACORN. And sure, this pamphlet is talking about training the workers themselves to be organizers rather than a cadre of some sort - but it seems like some similar training process is envisioned to be the "active agent".
Especially given how marginal any radical group today might be, it seems just implausible for such a group to present itself as the group that will inculcate the skills to others.
A simple alternative is to put one's organization forward as a group of similar workers who can support each other together and develop strategy together (and the article does mention a "workplace buddy" but this is still in the "organizer" framework).