Labour Movement

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An Account from Madison: Against The Current vol. 152
Echeverria, Tessa; Donegan, Connor
Article
2011
Among the first publicized actions in opposition to the union-busting Budget Repair Bill was the Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA) February 14th delivery of valentines to Governor Walker’s office...
All That Our Hands Have Done: A Pictorial History of Hamilton Workers
Heron, Craig; Hoffmitz, Shea; Roberts, Wayne; Storey, Robert
Book
1981
The story of working people in Hamilton's steel industry.
The American Socialist Movement: 1897-1912
Kipnis, Ira
Book
1952
A history of the American Socialist Party, which at its height had over 150,000 dues-paying members, published hundreds of newspapers, and won almost a million votes for its presidential candidate.
Argentina: From Anarchism to Peronism: Workers, Unions and Politics 1855-1985
Munck, Ronaldo; Falcon, Ricardo; Galitelli, Bernardo
Book
This book by three Argentinian authors traces the history of what is Latin America's oldest and largest working class. Its mid-19th century origins in migration from overseas and internal proletariani...
Austerity vs. the Planet:The Future of Labour Environmentalism
Kahle, Trish
Article
2016
Last December members of the International Trade Union Confederation joined other civil society activists in a mass sit-in at the COP21 talks in Paris. Unionists and their allies, some 400 strong, fil...
Beating Back the Corporate Attack: Socialism and the struggle for global justice
Clement, Chris; La Botz, Dan; Luce, Stephanie; Post, Charlie
Book
2000
Our movement is calling for a new direction -- for democratic control of our political life, and for democratic control over the most important aspects of the economy. Why should handful of the super-...
Bleeding Wisconsin
Artesian, S.
Article
2011
Cambodia: Labor and the Coup
Phillips, Joshua E.S.; Robinson, Ian
Article
1998
IN THE FACE of a repressive and dangerous environment, workers are on the move in Cambodia. Though Americans heard little about it, the emergence of an independent labor movement was one of the most p...
Canada: Activists Face the Future: Against The Current vol. 91
Moorsom, Toby
Article
2001
Electoral politics present challenging problems for labor movements all over the world. In the absence of strong working class parties, labor activists are often compelled to support parties that impl...
Canada Since 1960: A People's History: A Left Perspective on 50 Years of Politics, Economics and Culture
Gonick, By (ed.)
Book
2016
An account of the most important developments in Canadian history from the 1960s to today, seen through the eyes of Canadian Dimension magazine.
Canada's 1960s: The Ironies of Identity in a Rebellious Era
Palmer, Bryan D.
Book
2008
A history of social movements of the 1960s, including Canada’s student and anti-war movements, the rise of women’s liberation, labour agitation, and Quebec’s independence movement.
Canadian Labour in Politics
Horowitz, Gad
Book
1968
A historical study of the relationship between the labour movement and the social democratic party in Canada, as that relationship developed since the birth of modern industrial unionism.
A Chinese Alternative? Interpreting the Chinese New Left Politically
Carter, Lance
Article
2010
In China, the terms 'left' and 'right' or 'radical' and 'conservative' produce somewhat different associations in the popular mind than what we are used to in the West. While in most capitalist countr...
Chomsky.Info
Chomsky, Noam
Website
The Noam Chomsky Web site.
Class Composition and the Theory of the Party at the Origin of the Workers-Councils Movement
Bologna, Sergio
Article
1972
Re-examines a crucial segment of labour history, the German workers' council experience, which bridges the classical socialist phase of the Second and Third Internationals, and the post-Keynesian peri...
Common Sense for Hard Times: The Power of the Powerless to Cope with Everyday life and Transform Society in The Nineteen Seventies
Brecher, Jeremy; Costello, Tim
Book
1976
Presents a vision of society as it is and as it could be. Putting the problems of contemporary daily life in historical perspective, it reveals that they have their roots in the way our society is org...
The Communist Party in Canada: A History
Avakumovic, Ivan
Book
1975
A history of the Communist Party in Canada from its beginnings to the 1970s.
Comrade's Socialist Songbook
Website
Revolutionary and trade union songs, mostly from the The Socialist Songbook.
Connexions: Volume 3, Number 5 - September 1978
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1978
Connexions Annual 1994: A Sourcebook of Social and Environmental Alternatives
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1994
Simultaneously a reference book and an introduction to the world of social and environmental alternatives. The bulk of the Annual is devoted to listings of grassroots groups. It also contains a series...
Connexions Library: China Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on China.
Connexions Library: Labour and Unions Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on labour and unions.
Connexions Library: Organizing Focus Page
Website
Selected articles from the Connexions Online Library.
A Contest of Ideas: Capital, Politics and Labor
Lichtenstein, Nelson
Book
2013
Compilation and updates of many of Lichtenstein's most provocative and controversial essays and reviews. The author offers perspectives on the relationship of labour and the state, the tensions that s...
Death in the Haymarket: A Story of Chicago, the First Labor Movement, and the Bombing That Divided Gilded Age America
Green, James
Book
2006
The story of the anarchosyndicalist militants accused of perpetrating the throwing of a bomb that killed police at a workers' rally at the Haymarket in Chicago on May 4, 1886.
Eugene V. Debs Internet Archive
Debs, Eugene
Article
Writings of Eugene Victor Debs (1855-1926).
The Demise of Andy Stern and the Question of Unions in Contemporary Capitalism
Goldner, Loren
Article
2010
A meaningful advance of workers’ struggles means bringing into existence class-wide organizations. Where those with such a perspective find themselves, by hook or by crook, in trade unions, the issue ...
Draft for Marxist-Humanist Perspectives, 2010-2011: Capital devours lives, labor, land; masses seek paths to freedom
Article
2010
A revolutionary organization can no longer allow any separation between theory and practice, philosophy and revolution, workers and intellectuals, "inside" and "outside."
Egyptian Labor Erupting: Against The Current vol. 142
Said, Atef
Article
2009
In April 2009, a familiar scenario was repeated, as Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s police apparatus assaulted planned demonstrations and a Mahalla textile workers’ strike. A year earlier, many act...
Failure of a Dream?: Essays in the History of American Socialism
Laslettt, John H. M.; Lipset, Seymour Martin
Book
1974
Examines the reasons for the relative weakness of American socialism.
Fighting for Union Autonomy: Mexican Miners On Strike: Against The Current vol. 122
La Botz, Dan
Article
2006
On April 20 eight hundred state and federal police launched an assault on 500 striking workers who had been occupying a steel mill in Lázaro Cárdenas. Two were killed, five seriously injured and 40...
For Workers' Climate Action: Climate Change and Working-Class Struggle
Hampton, Paul
Article
2015
A new collection of articles and reviews on the fight against dangerous climate change, capitalism and workers' organisation and struggle. Urges the left to reach out to climate activists to make the ...
The Free Trade Game: New Internationalist December 2004
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2004
A look at free trade and and the effects of NAFTA. Discussion of the opposition to free trade and alternatives.
From Cairo to Madison, The Old Mole Comes Up For An Early Spring
Goldner, Loren
Article
2011
Individual sectors, even as large as public employees in the U.S., have to reach out to all those who have been ground down over the past forty years. Any working-class movement worthy of the name emb...
Martin and Jessie Glaberman Collection: Papers, 1939-2001
Glaberman, Martin & Jessie
Unclassified
The papers of the Marxist radicals Martin Glaberman and Jessie Glaberman, now housed at Wayne State University.
Globalizing the Left
Fryer, John
Article
1990
The Canadian trade union movement has to put greater emphasis on using its global ties to prevent multinational companies from shifting their operations to low wage countries.
The Guangdong Six and the rule of law (of value): Preliminary theses on the December 3 crackdown
Anonymous
Article
2016
Information about the December 3, 2014 crackdown on Chinese labour activists is now widely available in English and several other languages, but there has been little satisfactory analysis of its sign...
Having the Hard Conversations: Jane McAlevey on Fight for 15, labour's crisis of strategy, and the difference between organizing and mobilizing
McAlevey, Jane; Rozworski, Michael
Article
2015
An interview with labour organizer Jane McAlevey on labour's crisis of strategy and the difference between organizing and mobilizing. McAlevey discusses what ails the labour movement, problem with the...
Heaps, Abraham Albert: Connexipedia Article
Article
Canadian politician and labour leader. (1885-1954).
Higgins, Jim - Writings - Index
Higgins, Jim
Article
Writings of Jim Higgins (1930 – 2002).
History is a Weapon: Lockdown America in 22 Minutes
Parenti, Christian
Audio
2001
A talk by Christian Parenti, author of Lockdown America: Police And Prisons in the Age of Crisis, about the thirty year explosion in prisons in the United States, at the Stop The ACA(American Correcti...
Hitting the Maternal Wall: Against The Current vol. 133
Huber-Humes, Sonya
Article
2008
The “Maternal Wall” is not a new method of contraception, and it’s not the look mom gives when the kids miss curfew. In this slim and accessible book The Motherhood Manifesto, Blades and Rowe-Finkbein...
How Greens and Labor can Win ... Together
Barbagallo, Camille
Article
2014
A review of Green Bans, Red Union: Environmental Activists and the New South Wales Labourers Federation by Meredith and Verity Burgmann (UNSW Press, 1998).
How Labor and Climate United Can Trump Trump
Brecher, Jeremy
Article
2017
Co-operation between labour and climate groups may be possible in the Trump era.
How Labor Loses When it "Wins"
Downs, Peter
Article
1996
It is time for unions to stop looking for someone else to save them. They need to find ways to save themselves. Mass picket lines, sit-ins, solidarity strikes, secondary boycotts and refusing to handl...
India's Autoworkers Behaving Like the Old UAW: The Real Deal
Macaray, David
Article
2011
While it's true that international banks and corporations have their slimy tentacles in everything from foreign governments to foreign armies, the world's workers have two weapons of their own. One i...
An Interview with Patricia Campbell: Against The Current vol. 123
Finkel, David
Article
2006
Patricia Campbell is President of the Irish Independent Workers Union (IWU), an independent trade union and social movement in both the north and south of Ireland. She is a deputy editor of the journa...
Is that an archive in your basement... or are you just hoarding?: Sources News Release
Article
2012
Are you an 'accidental archivist'? Have you been saving the publications and documents produced by the social justice projects you've been involved in? Then Connexions would like to hear from you.
Israel/Palestine: Resources for peace, justice, and human rights
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Website
2006
A selection of resources for those looking for a solution to the situation in Isreal/Palestine based on peace, justice, and human rights.
It Started in Wisconsin: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Labor Protest
Buhle, Mari Jo; Buhle, Paul
Book
2012
First-hand accounts of the largest pro-labour mass mobilization in modern American history. In the spring of 2011, Wisconsinites took to the streets in what became the largest and liveliest labour dem...
The Junk Food Economy
Gill, A. Paul
Article
1992
Young people entering the workforce face a junk food economy.
Justice for All: the Struggle for Worker Rights in Egypt: A Report by the Solidarity Center
Book
2010
A report on recent workers' struggles in Egypt, against falling wages, oppressive working conditions, and violations of workers' rights, in the face of an authoritarian and repressive government.
Keystone XL opponents need a jobs program
Smith, Brendan; Brecher, Jeremy
Article
2015
The victorious Keystone campaign also exposed the perennial Achilles' heel of those who are fighting against climate change: We are often painted by our opponents and perceived by the public as caring...
Kicking Ass for the Working Class: Against The Current vol. 133
Moody, Kim
Article
2008
There it was, staring at me from the AFL-CIO’s very own blog: a black sign with bold red letters saying “KICKING ASS FOR THE WORKING CLASS,” signed AFL-CIO. Surely they meant to say “working for,” or ...
The "Labor Aristocracy" and Working-Class Struggles: Consciousness in Flux, Part 2: Against The Current vol. 124
Post, Charles
Article
2006
Whatever the theoretical and empirical problems with the economics of the labor aristocracy thesis, its defenders still claim that well paid workers have generally been more reformist and conservative...
Labor Film Database: Films, videos and film festivals that focus on work, workers and worker’s issues
Website
Over 1,700 films and videos are listed here, searchable by title, director, actors and/or keywords
Labor in the Age of Climate Change
Barca, Stefania
Article
2016
Climate change must be stopped. But who will do the stopping? Who, in other words, could be the political subject of an anticapitalist climate revolution? Stefania Barca argues that this social agent ...
Labour movement: Connexipedia Article
Article
The term labour movement or labor movement is a broad term for the development of a collective organization of working people, to campaign in their own interest for better treatment from their employe...
The Labour Movement and Socialism
Pannekoek, Anton
Article
1908
Unions and political organizations each have their role in the struggle against capitalism.
Labor on the Ropes: Against The Current vol. 135
Leyshon, Traven
Article
2008
In U.S. Labor in Trouble and Transition, Kim Moody focuses on why the organized labor movement went into decline and points to potential signs of revival. The author’s explanation begins with the wors...
The Labor Party in the Big Picture
Slaughter, Jane; Ward, Rodney
Article
1999
THE LABOR PARTY convention was inspiring. At the Detroit chapter's report-back meeting, locked-out newspaper workers talked about how good it felt to be in a convention hall where everyone would supp...
Labor Politics in Action, 1901-1911: The Union Labor Party of San Francisco: Against The Current vol. 81
Perry, Hayden
Article
1999
In 1900 San Francisco had an organized labor movement that reflected the unique development of this metropolis of the West. San Francisco did not experience the slow and steady growth of Chicago and o...
The Labor Wars
Lens, Sidney
Book
1973
A survey of landmark events in the U.S. labour movement.
Labour’s lost leader: The legacy of Tony Benn
Panitch, Leo
Article
2014
From an interview to Tony Benn - sometime in the mid-1990s - his point of view about how broad and profound was the defeat of both trade unionism and the democratic socialist left over the previous de...
"Left-Wing" Communism: An Infantile Disorder
Lenin, V. I.
Book
1918
Lenin's repsonse to ultraleftists who advocate 'no compromises' and refuse to work in 'reactionary' trade unions and parliamentary elections.
Life After Death for Labor?
Cohen, David
Book
2015
A review of Stanley Aronowitz's book "The Death and Life of American Labor: Toward a New Workers’ Movement."
Life Support for Labor?
Schafer, Meredith
Article
2015
The Debate Over how to save the labour movement suffers from a serious deficit of books written by organizers. Rarely do we get an entire book by someone who has been organizing for four decades, and ...
Live Working or Die Fighting: How the Working Class Went Global
Mason, Paul
Book
2010
Mason realtes a series of struggles for worker and human rights over the past two hundred years and compares them to current struggles.
Los Angeles: Assessing D2K Protests: Against The Current vol. 89
Cooper, Louise
Article
2000
More than 10,000 activists gathered in LA for the Democratic convention protests August 5-18. The main protest held Monday, August 12 drew around 10,000 activists. Three thousand had gathered for the...
Luxemburg, Rosa - Writings - Index
Luxemburg, Rosa
Article
Writings of Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919).
The Making of Jericho Road: Against The Current vol. 132
Williams, Charles
Article
2008
An interview with Michael Honey. The paperback edition of Michael Honey’s Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign is released this January 2008.
Manifestos, Programs, Visions: Selected Manifestos - Political Statements - Programs
Website
1649
A selection of left manifestos, programs, poltical statements and visions from the 1600s to today.
Marx and Engels Collected Works Volume 13: Marx and Engels 1854 - 1855
Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich
Book
Includes Revolutionary Spain
Marx et Makhno a la rencontre de McDonald's
Goldner, Loren
Article
2005
A Paris, les travailleurs précaires qui sont sortis vaniqueurs de plusieurs grèves en ont perud d'autres avec les honneurs à cause des méthodes à la fois légales et illégales des syndicats et des ultr...
Marx and Makhno Meet McDonald's
Goldner, Loren
Article
2005
Over the last several years, a revolving network of militants in Paris, France, have developed a strategy and tactics for winning strikes by marginal, low-paid, outsourced and immigrant workers agains...
Marxism and the Trade Unions
Draper, Hal
Article
1970
Draper argues that essentially, no Marxist group has ever carried on any systematic revolutionary work in trade unions.
A Marxist History of the World part 51: The origins of the Labour Movement
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
Capitalism's industrial revolution gave birth to its own gravediggers, argues Neil Faulkner as he examines the rise and fall of Chartism.
The Mass Strike, the Political Party and the Trade Unions
Luxemburg, Rosa
Book
1906
Luxemburg writes that "the mass strike in Russia [in 1905] has been realised not as means of evading the political struggle of the working-class, and especially of parliamentarism, not as a means of j...
A Massive Crisis in Auto: Delphi, GM, the UAW, and Soldiers of Solidarity: Against The Current vol. 120
Feeley, Dianne
Article
2006
On December 19, facing a strike threat and pressure from GM, Delphi Corporation backed away from its "final offer" to the United Auto Workers, pushing the deadline back to the end of February. With th...
Mexico in Labor's Crucible: Book Review of Roman and Arregui's "Continental Crucible" and Gomez's "The Collapse of Dignity"
La Botz, Dan
Article
2013
These two books deal in important and interesting ways with the question of building a real labour movement throughout North America.
The Missing Piece
Chanco, C J
Article
2016
A strong, independent labour movement could lead the struggle for democracy and justice in the Philippines. Rodrigo Duterte's revolution, at least so far, looks like nothing more than a reshuffling of...
More Unequal: Aspects of Class in the United States
Yates, Michael (ed.)
Book
2007
Yates looks at class from a global vantage point integrating discussions of race, gender, and class, and the emergence of an international capitalist class.
The Need for a New Socialist Movement
Panitch, Leo
Article
1984
It has fallen to socialists in the last decades of this century to undertake the daunting task of establishing new socialist directions just as our forerunners had to do in the first decades of this c...
New Forms of Worker Organization: The Syndicalist and Autonomist Restoration of Class-Struggle Unionism
Immanuel, Ness (ed)
Book
2014
A book that compiles workers struggles on a global basis, examining the formation and expansion of radical unions in the Global South and Global North.
A New Labor Movement for a New Century
Mantsios, Gregory ed.
Book
Charts the possibilities for a more vibrant, inclusive, and democratic labor movement.
News & Letters: Draft for Marxist-Humanist Perspectives, 2006 - 2007
Article
2006
We aim to help fill the void on the question of "what happens after" by creatively rethinking and restating his concept of "revolution in permanence" for today.
Not Automatic: Women and the Left in the Forging of the Auto Workers' Union
Dollinger, Sol; Dollinger, Genora Johnson
Book
This story of the birth and infancy of the United Auto Workers, told by two participants, shows how the gains workers made were neither easy nor inevitable - not automatic - but required strategic and...
On the Labor Bureaucracy
Post, Charlie
Article
1997
The job of socialists today, as in the past, is to help organize a rank-and-file movement within the unions that is critical of the methods of bureaucratic business unionism and promotes militancy, so...
Organizing "The Organized"
Early, Steve
Article
2014
For many years, American unions have been trying to “organize of the unorganized” to offset, and, where possible, reverse their steady loss of dues-paying membership. In union circles, a distinction w...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - January 16, 2016: Working class organizing
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
Working to change things for the better, fighting to prevent things from getting worse, remembering the past to illuminate possibilities for the future: as always, that is the focus of Other Voices. I...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - May 7, 2016: Destabilization and Regime Change
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
When governments get too far out of line -- the most outrageous offence, from the point of view of imperial power, is pursuing policies that help ordinary people at the expense of transnational corpo...
Pannekoek, Anton - Writings - Index
Pannekoek, Anton
Article
Writings of Anton Pannekoek (1873-1960).
Pay Cheques & Picket Lines: All About Unions in Canada
MacKay, Claire; Illustrated by Peters, Eric
Book
1987
A children's book which explains what unions are, how they came to be, and why they exist.
Picketing: Connexipedia Article
Article
A form of protest in which people congregate outside a place of work or location where an event is taking place. Often, this is done in an attempt to dissuade others from going in ("crossing the picke...
The Pittsburgh Reds, 1911-1914: Revolutionary Socialists in Allegheny County: Against The Current vol. 81
Hudson, Mark
Article
1999
The Socialist Party of America reached the peak of its strength and influence in 1912. In that year, the party could claim 118,000 members, and 879,000 American voters (about 6% of the total) cast the...
The Power of the People: Active Nonviolence in the United States
Cooney, Robert; Michalowski, Helen
Book
A pictorial encyclopedia of the struggles of the U.S. women and men working for peace and justice through nonviolent action. Sections are included on the roots of American nonviolence, the women's rig...
Profit over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1999
Chomsky confronts neoliberalsim: the pro-corporate system of economic and political policies presently waging a form of class war worldwide.
A Proposal to American Labor: 'Open source unionism' could reinvigorate American labor in the age of the Internet
Freeman, Richard B.; Rogers, Joel
Article
2002
The authors posit that union membership is too restricted by the requirement that unions have majority support in the workplace. They believe that pro-union workers who are a minority in their workpla...
Puerto Rico's La Huelga del Pueblo
Bernabe, Rafael
Article
1998
AFTER FORTY DAYS on strike, several paros (one-day stoppages) in various government agencies and a two-day general strike, Puerto Rico's telephone workers have returned to work without attaining their...
Queer Activism in the Labor Movement
Smith, Sara R.
Article
2015
In the 1970s, Teresa Rankin kept her sexual orientation private while organizing textile workers at J.P. Stevens in North Carolina. When the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU) offe...
Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell): My Decade Fighting for the Labor Movement
McAlevey, Jane
Book
2014
Today, fewer than 7% of American private-sector workers belong to a union and public employee collective bargaining has been dealt devastating blows in Wisconsin and elsewhere. This book argues that l...
Raising the Workers' Flag: The Workers' Unity League of Canada, 1930-1936
Endicott, Stephen L.
Book
2012
A history of the Workers' Unity League, the Canadian affiliate of the Communist Red International of Labour Unions.
Rebels, Reds, Radicals: Rethinking Canada's Left History
McKay, Ian
Book
2005
McKay looks at the history of the left in Canada as a series of experiments in "living otherwise" -- efforts to work out ways of life and thought strategically opposed to the prevailing liberal-capita...
Red and Green: The New Politics of the Environment
Weston, Joe (ed.)
Book
1986
In order for green politics to work, we need to develop a total policy for the environment, a social policy which views capitalist industry as the destroyer of the world we live in.
Red Clydeside: Connexipedia Article
Article
A term used to describe the era of political radicalism that characterised the city of Glasgow in Scotland, and urban areas around the city on the banks of the River Clyde such as Clydebank, Greenock ...
Rediscovering Two Labor Intellectuals
Early, Steve
Article
2004
Steve Early reviews collections of writings by Martin Glaberman and Stain Weir.
A Reluctant Memoir of the '50s and '60s: Against The Current vol. 134
Le Blanc, Paul
Article
2008
I have been asked to write a memoir that would give a sense of the old left/new left realities of the 1950s and ‘60s. That seems quite odd to me (why would I be writing such a thing?), until I look in...
Renewal through Strike
Zeise, Fanny
Article
2013
Strikes are a major means of trade union self-assertion. A closer look at strikes in Germany reveals interesting trends and developments, indicating new approaches to trade union strategies and practi...
A Reply to B'nai Brith's Manifesto Denouncing CUPE-Ontario's Boycott of Israel
Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid
Article
2006
Why supporting the global campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israeli apartheid is the right thing to do.
Resistance in China Today
Yu, Au Loong; Ruixue, Bai
Article
2012
Cases of Resistance in China continue to grow. Protests both large and small are extremely frequent. These range from workers’ protests against unpaid wages and demands for labor rights to protests ag...
Review Essay: Reutherism Redux: Against The Current vol. 112
Early, Steve
Article
2004
Despite stepped-up union recruitment, farm workers and poultry processors still haven't taken over the AFL-CIO. But the old guard's fear of being swamped by low-wage workers—expressed by this AFT del...
Roads to the Arab Uprisings: Book review of "The Journey to Tahrir" eds. Sowers and Toensing and "The Arab Revolts" eds. McMurray and Ufheil-Somers
Wainer, Kit Adam
Article
2013
The strength of all the essays in these two collections is that the principal trends the authors analyzed have become critical background to recent events in Egypt and Syria during the summer of 2013,...
Rosa Luxemburg: Selected Political Writings
Luxemburg, Rosa (edited with an introduction by Robert Looker)
Book
1972
A selection of Rosa Luxemburg's writings which highlight her outstanding contributions to the theory and practice of revolutionary socialism.
The Rosa Luxemburg Reader
Luxemburg, Rosa. [Anderson, Kevin; Hudis, Peter (eds.)]
Book
2004
A definitive one-volume collection of Luxemburg's writings.
Rupert Lockwood (1908-1997): Journalist, Communist, Intellectual
Cahill, Rowan
Article
2013
This thesis explores aspects of the life, times, and career of Australian journalist Rupert Lockwood (1908-1997). During the Cold War, Lockwood was one of the best known members of the Communist Party...
Seeds of Fire: A People's Chronology
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2012
Recalling events that happened on this day in history. Memories of struggle, resistance and persistence.
A Short History of the Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party: Challenging the Two Parties of Capital
Anfinson, Graeme
Article
2014
Minnesota’s Farmer-Labor Party was the most successful labor party in United States history. The Minnesota Farmer-Labor Association, a grouping of associated unions and farmers, provided the organic c...
The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage
Gitlin, Todd
Book
1987
One of the best books on the Sixties in the U.S., bringing to life the political and cultural currents, including especially the music, which raged during that decade, and setting them in historical c...
Social Movements/Social Change: The Politics and Practice of Organizing - Socialist Studies 4
Cunningham, Frank; Findlay, Sue; Kadar, Marlene, et.al.
Book
1988
This collection of essays covers movements related to labour, ecology, childcare, peace, disability, gay rights, and access to abortion.
Socialism and Revolution
Gorz, Andre
Book
1967
Representative democracy in every industrially advanced country is in a state of profound crisis. But we have been accustomed for so long to accept democracy in the form of its outward appearances and...
The Socialist Register 1967: Volume 4: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1967
The Socialist Register 1976: Volume 13: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1976
The Socialist Register 1977: Volume 14: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1977
The Socialist Register 1980: Volume 17: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1980
The Socialist Register 1982: Volume 19: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1982
The Socialist Register 1983: Volume 20: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1983
The Socialist Register 1985/1986: Volume 22: Social Democracy and After
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John; Liebman, Marc; Panitch, Leo (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1986
Socialist Register 1991: Volume 27: Communist Regimes the Aftermath
Miliband, Ralph; Panitch, Leo (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1991
South African trade union congress supports CUPE boycott of apartheid Israel
COSATU
Article
2006
South African workers will never forget the support given by the Israeli state to the apartheid South African regime. In the same way we will never forget the thousands of acts of solidarity of ordina...
Spanish Dock Workers Build Union Without Bureaucrats
Fitz, Don
Article
1989
Containerization has devastated port labor throughout the world. Spanish struggles over containerization have been unique becausea "socialist" government has spearheaded port reorganization and it has...
The Strike and Its Enemies
Ackerman, Seth
Article
2012
Like the progressive labour bureaucrats, today’s generation of young radicals have spent all of their formative years living in the era of capitalist realism — the era of There is No Alternative. And ...
Three Ways Labor Can Fight Back: Time to Declare War
Macaray, David
Article
2011
Unions need to streamline their message, make it less cerebral and more visceral.
Tony Mazzocchi Lives: Blue-Green Organizer Takes Up 'Just Transition' Mantle
Hand, Mark
Article
2015
Union and environmental activist Alex Lotorto believes environmentalists should be working more closely with organized labour and following the advice of some of labour's more enlightened leaders.
Toolkit for a New Canada - 2013 Edition
Article
2013
A pamphlet providing a snapshot of what the contributors, brought together by Canadian Dimensionmagazine, believe are the big issues facing Canada in the second decade of the 21st century. The article...
Toronto's Poor: A Rebellious History
Palmer, Bryan D.; Heroux, Gaetan
Book
2016
Toronto’s Poor reveals the long and too often forgotten history of poor people’s resistance. It details how the homeless, the unemployed, and the destitute have struggled to survive and secure food an...
Towards Workers' Climate Action: Book review
Leyshon, Traven
Article
2016
A review of a book and a pamphlet by Paul Hampton, both on the urgent need for workers' action on climate change.
Trade Unionism
Pannekoek, Anton
Article
1936
The narrow field of trade union struggle widens into the broad field of class struggle. But now the workers themselves must change. They have to take a wider view of the world. From their trade, from ...
Trade Unions Bread & Roses The trade union revival: New Internationalist December 2001
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2001
A look at some of the facts and issues regarding trade unions and what they have done for people in various parts of the world.
Transforming Power: From the Personal to the Political
Rebick, Judy
Book
2009
Rebick champions new ways of achieving political goals by emphasizing co-operation and consensus over confrontation and partisanship.
Travails of U.S. Labor: Against The Current vol. 84
Cohen, Sheila
Article
2000
A Short History of the U.S. Working Class is an excellent introduction for the “workers and students” whom Paul Le Blanc commendably defines as its principal audience. The language is clear and access...
25 Years After the Gdansk Uprising: Against The Current vol. 121
Weissman, Suzi
Article
2006
Suzi Weissman interviews David Ost. The occupation of the Gdansk shipyard by Polish workers in 1980, demanding recognition of their independent trade union Solidarnosc, rocked the Eastern bloc and ins...
The Two Methods of Trade-Union Policy
Luxemburg, Rosa
Article
1907
To be sure, revolutions and revolutionary struggles cannot be transplanted artificially, by means of ‘good intentions’, into a country. But the examples and lessons of a neighbouring revolutionary cou...
Unionism and Socialism
Debs, Eugene
Article
1907
The labor movement of modrn times is the product of past ages. It has come down to us for the impetus of our day, in pursuit of its world-wide mission of emancipation.
Unions and the Road to Socialism
Fisk, Milton
Article
2015
The familiar model of union struggle has been ineffective in attempts to change capitalism. I will try to explain why unions have not shaken capitalism's foundations. The explanation will point to the...
Unless Union Workers Can Strike, They’re Dead: Level the Playing Field
Macaray, David
Article
2013
The strike is workers' only viable weapon. Why? Because it, and it alone, immediately affects the company’s profits. Without labour, they’re crippled.
U.S. Labor's Subterranean Fire: Against The Current vol. 131
Post, Charlie
Article
2007
The broad outlines of the crisis of the U.S. labor movement -— sharply declining union density, concession bargaining, failures to organize the growing non-union manufacturing and service sectors, the...
We Make the Road By Walking: Conversations on education and social change
Horton, Myles; Freire, Paulo
Book
1990
Horton, the founder of the Highlander Folk School, and Freire, a Brazilian education leader, are from two different backgrounds, but their shared views on the use of participatory education in bringin...
We Shall Be All: A History of the Industrial Workers of the World
Dubofsky, Melvyn
Book
2000
A history of the militant labour organization founded in 1905, the Industrial Workers of the World.
When the UAW Was Young: Against The Current vol. 131
Feeley, Dianne
Article
2007
An interview with Erwin and Estar Baur.
Which Path for Labour in the Fight for Jobs and an Independent Canadian Economy: ...Collaboration or a Militant Class-Struggle Fightback?
Article
1979
This research and position paper is the United Electrical Workers' (U.E.) response to the report of the Second Tier Committee published in mid-July 1978 after meetings between business, corporations h...
Who Advocates Spontaneity?
Brecher, Jeremy
Article
1973
The working class can come to understand its power to act only by acting.
Why Consensus Decision-making Won't Work for Grassroots Unionism
Wetzel, Tom
Article
2009
Wetzel contrasts consensus decision-making with democratic decision-making to explain why the latter is more suited to activist groups.
Why Strikes Fail
Brown, Tom
Article
1943
Essentially a reprint of Tom Brown's 1943 essay, "The Social General Strike: Why 1926 Failed." Centres on workers' response to the British General Strike of 1926, and their repudiation of traditional...
Wisconsin Uprising: Labor Fights Back
Yates, Michael D.
Book
2012
A collection of essays describing the working class uprising that occurred in Wisconsin, in February and early March of 2011.
Women's Trade Union League: Connexipedia Article
Article
A U.S. organization of both working class and more well-off women formed in 1903 to support the efforts of women to organize labour unions and eliminate sweatshop conditions.
Workers and Trade Unions for Climate Solidarity: Tackling climate change in a neoliberal world
Hampton, Paul
Book
2015
Paul Hampton, a Marxist trade union researcher in Britain, addresses the role of workers in the climate justice movement, as well as the tasks of revolutionaries.
A Working-Class Hero Is Something To Be: Against The Current vol. 133
Early, Steve
Article
2008
As a 35-year veteran of union activity in America, I can personally attest that Tony Mazzocchi of the Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers (OCAW) was a rare bird, perhaps the last of his kind.
Working Lives: Vancouver 1886-1986
Working Lives Collective
Book
1986

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

Against the Current
Bi-monthly magazine oriented toward movements for social and economic justice; radical, socialist and feminist in orientation.
Anarchy Archives
An archive of anarchist writings by classic authors such as Rocker, Goldman, Proudhon, and Malatesta.
Break Their Haughty Power
Articles on capitalism, socialism, and revolution, from a left-Marxist perspective.
Bullet, The
Publication of the Socialst Project. Articles on socialism, labour, democracy, neoliberalism and the environment.
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
To facilitate research on social and economic issues facing Canada and to promote alternatives for business and government.
Connexions Archive & Library
The Connexions Archive & Library is Toronto-based project dedicated to keeping alive the rich history of grassroots movements for social justice. Connexions preserves 'alternative' histories that r...
Industrial Workers of the World
The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of the working people and the few, who make up the employing...
Labor Network for Sustainability
Labor Network for Sustainability is dedicated to engaging trade unions, workers and their allies to support economic, social, and environmental sustainability. From our perspective, efforts to engage...
Labor Notes
Labor Notes is a media and organizing project that has been the voice of union activists who want to put the movement back in the labor movement since 1979. Through our magazine, website, books, conf...
LaborNet
Global online communication for a democratic, independent labor movement.
Labour/Le Travail
A bilingual journal holding no rigid position on the definition of labour. The editorial board hopes to foster imaginative approaches to both teaching and research in labour studies through an open ex...
LabourStart
A major site with information about labour activities throughout the world.
Maquila Solidarity Network/Ethical Trading Action Group
The Maquila Solidarity Network (MSN) is a labour and women's rights organization that supports the efforts of workers in global supply chains to win improved wages and working conditions and a better ...
Marxists Internet Archive
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
News and Letters
An organization of Marxist-Humanists standing for the abolition of capitalism, both in its private property form and ins its state property form. We stand for the deveopment of new human relations; wh...
Red Menace, The
The online archive of the libertarian socialist newsletter The Red Menace. Articles on socialism, Marxism, anarchism, work, popular education, organizing, wages for housework, Leninism, bureaucracy, h...
Resistance MP3
Left-wing political audio recordings of talks and discussions, primarily from a Trotskyist or neo-Trotskyist perspective, but also including some clips from speeches by people like Martin Luther King ...
Tadamon
A Montreal-based collective of social-justice organizers & media activists, working to build relationships of solidarity with grassroots political movements for social and economic justice between Bei...
Workers' Vanguard
Newspaper of the International Communist Leage (Fourth Internationalist).

Sources Experts & Spokespersons

Sources Library

Kazakhstan's 99 per cent
Protests by Kazakhstan's oil workers in 2011 were crushed, but anger remains over huge inequalities of income and lifestyle
Genté, Régis
2012
Kazakhstan could be among the world’s top 10 oil producers by 2020, but the Kazakhs who get the oil out of the ground don't benefit much from it. In May 2011 thousands of oil workers in western Kazakh...
The Labor Party's Pittsburgh Convention
Hinshaw, John
1999
BETWEEN NOVEMBER 13-15 in Pittsburgh, over 1400 delegates from six national unions, over two hundred local unions and thirty-nine chapters of the Labor Party met for its first Constitutional Conventio...
Police in Tunisia's Gafsa mining region harass reporter for banned newspaper
Sources News Release
2009
Reporters Without Borders is concerned about the way the police in Tunisia have been harassing political activist Ammar Amroussia in recent days. Amroussia writes for El Badil (Alternative), a banned ...

From the Connexions Archives

Against the Current
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1986
Bi-monthly magazine oriented toward movements for social and economic justice; radical, socialist and feminist in orientation.
Alberta Labour
Vol.2. No. 2
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1977
This tabloid consists mainly of columns and stories from Co-operative Press Associates related to labour issues of interest to Alberta workers.
Bulletin de liaison, Vol.1, No.1
Periodical profile published 1978
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1978
Canadian Labour
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1979
Canadian Labour is a bi-weekly magazine published in both English and French by the Canadian Labour Congress.
Canadian Labour
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1983
Canadian Labour Comment
Periodical profile published 1979
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1979
The Canadian Labour Comment is a bilingual newsletter which includes reports on various labour issues in Canada.
Canadian Labour Congress
Organization profile published 1981
Organization
1981
Catalyst
Organization profile published 2007
Organization
A campaigning think tank for the labour movement and the left, committed to developing and promoting practical policies for the redistribution wealth, power, and opportunity.
The Great Flint Sit-Down Strike Against G.M. 1936-37
How Trade Unionism was Won
Linder, Walter
Article
A history of the Flint strike (1936-1937).
Ideas and Action
Periodical profile published 1981
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1981
Archive of some articles published in Ideas and Action, a radical paper published by the Workers Solidarity Alliance from 1981 to 1997.
LaborNet
Website
Exists to build a democratic communication network for the labor movement.
Labour in an Affluent Society
Fox, Steve; Kissinger, C. Clark; Mull, Brenda
Article
Put together by the Radical Education Project, this paper includes the following articles: "WILDCAT: anatomy of a work stoppage" by Steve Fox; "THE BRUNS STRIKE: a case study of student participation ...
LabourStart
Website
A major site with information about labour activities throughout the world.
Libcom.org
Website
Resource for all people who wish to improve their lives, their communities and their working conditions. We want to discuss with one another, learn from experiences of the past and develop strategies ...
Marxists Internet Archive
Website
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
News and Letters
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Articles from a Marxist-Humanist perspective.
Radical America - Volume 6, No. 3 - May - June 1972
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1972
The Red Menace
A libertarian socialist newsletter
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1975
Articles on topics such as socialism, Marxism, anarchism, work, popular education, organizing, wages for housework, Leninism, bureaucracy, hierarchy, jargon, prostitution, obscenity, science fiction, ...