Working-Class Organization and Strategy

Labor activist/intellectuals Kim Moody, author of In Solidarity: Essays on Working-Class Organization and Strategy in the United States and a founder of Labor Notes, and Sheila Cohen, author of Ramparts of Resistance: Why Workers Lost Their Power, and How to Get It Back and Notoriously Militant: The Story of a Union Branch discuss the present state and the future possibilities of the US labor movement, and the forces working against it with Nancy Welch of UVM's United Academics. They argue for the enduring importance of building workplace power, and explore links between everyday workplace struggles and movements for broader change. They contrast the growing movements for democratic, social movement unionism with bureaucratic business unionism's failure to meet the challenges working people face. And address key questions including: How does the increased presence of immigrant and women workers change the balance of forces? What strategies can workers use to counteract company “union avoidance” campaigns? What is the role of socialists in the labor movement?