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Imagine 100,000 Organizers and 1,000,000 Organizing Discussions

Instead: The AFL-CIO plans to send 100,000 volunteers to knock on one million doors for Hillary Clinton in key battleground states, the federation announced Tuesday. […] The AFL-CIO will also continue to contact voters through phone banks and direct mail.

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What’s Wrong with the Modern Mainstream Labor Movement in One Tweet

Pick a class, assholes. Also, stop worrying about politicians and start organizing workers. When Trump says he's 4 working ppl, he must forget his time destroying Atlantic City’s small businesses#StopTrump @ https://t.co/N7rv9TI8p5 pic.twitter.com/wrDOPUcdKu — Working America (@WorkingAmerica) October 6, 2016

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Closed Shop vs. Union Shop

Many people in the labor movement and adjacent to it throw around terms like closed shop, union shop, open shop, union security clause, etc., without always using these terms correctly. There are subtle differences, and a passage from The Industrial Workers … Continue reading

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Union Presidents Shouldn’t Make More Than Their Members

I can’t decide if the Stern Burger with Fries blog is an anti-union front or legitimate rank-and-file criticism, though I lean towards the latter. In either case, it seems to be run by a (former?) member who holds a personal grudge … Continue reading

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Technology, Electoral Politics, and the Rank and File

This article by Kati Sipp at New Labor Forum argues that organized labor, to its great detriment, has been “a late adopter” of things like social media, clever subject lines, database management, and “digital organizing” in general – “if they … Continue reading

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Steve Greenhouse Asks the Wrong Question

His article on unions and their get-out-the-vote power is decent, though the question shouldn’t be “Can labor still turn out the vote?”, it should be, “Should labor still turn out the vote?” And the answer should be a resounding NO. Unions need … Continue reading

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U.S. Labor: Still Throwing Good Money after Bad

It’s amazing how little the leaders of the U.S. labor movement have learned after more than eighty years of wasting members’ money trying to get politicians elected. So far this election cycle, at least $6.3 million has been sent to “Clinton-aligned organizations” … Continue reading

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