In recent years we’ve seen many, many ideas and gimmicks and tricks put forward, each pledging to “save the labor movement.” Our guest this week, longtime organizer and sociologist Jane McAlevey, says that there are no tricks to it; in her new book, titled No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age, out now from Oxford University Press, she studies winning labor and social movement campaigns, and argues that organizing—real, base-building organizing—is the only way to build real power for working people.
We also check in on the Harvard workers’ strike from last episode, and talk to Jamie Phillips at Clarion University about a fourteen-campus strike in Pennsylvania last week; look at the children making fast fashion in Turkey; and for Argh, we talk about trade and the refugee crisis, and labor’s role in the struggle at Standing Rock.
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Strike Ends: APSCUF, PASSHE reach tentative agreement (Berks-Mont News)
No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age (Oxford University Press, 2016)
Argh, I Wish I’d Written That!
Michelle: Zoe Williams, Europe isn’t just about trade. It’s about humanity too (Guardian)
Sarah: Trish Kahle, The Standing Rock Split (Jacobin)