Workplace Organizing

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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...
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.
Connexions Library: Work Focus Page
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on work.
Connexions Other Voices - June 26, 2017: Public Safety
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2017
The June 26, 2017 issue of Other Voices, the Connexions newsletter is about public safety.
Fast food rights: organising the unorganised
Sherry, Julie
Article
2017
The experience from the examples of organising the unorganised both in the US and UK demonstrate that it is possible to develop union organisation; significant examples are discussed in this article, ...
Go-slow guide: Instead of striking, workers with demands that the bosses are unwilling to meet can collectively decide to start a go-slow
Article
2006
By deliberately slowing the rate of work, all together, the bosses' profits are hit, without workers losing wages. If everyone sticks together in solidarity victimisation of individuals can also be pr...
Good work strike: Advice and tips on taking good work strikes
Article
2006
Instead of a conventional strike, workers with demands that the bosses are unwilling to meet can collectively decide to have a good work strike. One of the biggest problems for service industry worke...
Guide to sick-outs: Rather than call a conventional strike, the sick-in is a good way to strike without striking. Sick-ins involve organising workers to call in
Article
2006
The idea is to cripple your workplace by having all or most of the workers call in sick on the same day or days. Unlike the formal walkout, it can be used effectively by single departments and work ar...
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...
Lessons from small shop organizing
Rinaldi, Lou
Article
2013
A significant amount of organizing experience in the IWW comes from working in relatively small workplaces such as stand-alone single shops or franchises of multiple smaller shops. These places presen...
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."
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.
Making the most of spontaneous rebellions at work: Advice on how to react when a big issue immediately angers a large number of people at your workplace
Article
2006
It would be nice if we always had tested and trusted structures in place able to respond to unexpected situations at work. Unfortunately this doesn’t describe many workplaces where structures tend to ...
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...
The New Worker Organizing
Garvey, John
Article
2013
Many, perhaps most, worker center–based organizing projects focused on workers in low-wage jobs, are conducted with the active support and, often enough, leadership provided by a variety of community-...
Notes from the class struggle: small group workplace organising
Steven
Article
2009
This pamphlet aims to show what small groups and unions can achieve in workplace disputes. These examples and analyses of successful small-scale actions should prove instructive to workers in a variet...
Organising at work - some basic principles: A list of what successful organisers say are the most important principles to remember
Article
2006
Organising begins when people question authority. Someone asks, "What are they doing to us? Why are they doing it? Is it right?" Encourage people to ask, "Who is making the decisions, who is being for...
Organising at work - the basics: A basic introduction on why we should organise at work, and a few tips on how to get started.
Article
2006
Almost everyone in this society is underpaid and over-worked. Many temps, contract and casual workers have very few rights, and permanent workers are still always under the threat of redundancy. Many ...
Organising your workplace - getting started: You're working, or just started work somewhere where there is no active collective workers' organisation. What can you do to get organised?
Article
2006
Nowadays many workplaces have no active workers' organisation. Depending on whereabouts you are in the world and what sector you work in there may or may not be much of a trade union presence. And eve...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - March 12, 2015: Organizing
Diemer, Ulli (editor); Khan, Tahmid (production)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2015
The focus of this issue is organizing. How can we challenge and overcome entrenched structures of economic and political power? Our own source of power is our latent ability to join together and work ...
Out of the Driver's Seat: Marxism in North America Today
Article
1974
Outlines the political perspective of the Windsor-based Labour Centre in the wake of divisions in the Centre in 1974. Issues explored include the nature of the working class, women in the working clas...
Proletarian management: Informal workplace organization - Kämpa Tillsammans
Article
2005
Interesting article about informal workplace organising, management tactics and suggestions for workers to build power on the job.
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...
Suburban Sweatshops: The Fight for Immigrant Rights
Gordon, Jennifer
Book
2007
Jennifer Gordon discusses her years spent working with the organization she founded, the Long Island-based Workplace Project.
A Troublemaker's Handbook: How to Fight Back Where You Work -- And Win!
La Botz, Dan
Book
1991
An organizing manual for workers dealing with both major issues and everyday problems in the workplace.
A Troublemaker's Handbook 2
Slaughter, Jane (ed.)
Book
A manual for workers who want to take control over their lives at work. In hundreds of first-person accounts, workers tell in their own words how they organized and struggled to do that.
Turning an issue into a campaign
Friedman, Ellen David
Article
2015
As an organizer, your goal is not just to help members solve their workplace problems but to help them build collective self-confidence and power. A campaign is just a series of steps that help people...
What Would it Mean to Win?
Turbulence collective
Book
2010
Where is the movement today? Where is it going? Are we winning? The authors of the essays in this volume pose these and other momentous questions.
The Whistle-Blower as Deep Mole: Spying on Malfeasance
Macaray, David
Article
2014
There’s an intriguing idea based loosely on the turn-of-the-century union practice of "salting" a workplace. Salting consists of union activists secretly hiring into an anti-union shop in order to pro...
Work-to-rule: a guide: Taking industrial action without losing pay by following your work's rules so strictly that nothing gets done
Article
2006
Instead of striking, workers with demands that the bosses are unwilling to meet can collectively decide to start a "work-to-rule". Almost every job is covered by a maze of rules, regulations, standing...
Worker-Student Action Committees France May '68
Gregoire, R.; Perlman, F.
Book
1969
An account of the May-June 1968 events in Paris. The authors state that "our intention is not to 'clarify' the sequence of events which took place in France in order to make possible a ritual repetiti...
Working in Steel: The Early Years in Canada, 1883-1935
Heron, Craig
Book
1988
Examines the huge steel plants that were built at the turn of the twentieth century in Sydney and New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, and Trenton, Hamilton, and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Emphasizes the importa...
Workplace organising: A set of tips and advice guides for organising in your workplace
Article
2006
A set of tips and advice guides for organising in your workplace. From basic principles and getting started, to making demands, taking action such as strikes, and winning them.

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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 ...

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Cleaners' Action Newsletter
Periodical profile published 1979
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1979
Cleaner's Action is a monthly newspaper published in Portuguese, English and Spanish.