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NBK Night School Session 10 — Unions and the Labor Movement

At the peak of the US Labor movement, one out of every three workers was organized. Over the past 40 years, capital has waged a devastating counterattack on labor, resulting in a decline in living standards for the many and the growth of corporate profits. This session sets out to understand what happened and where to go from here.

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Readings
Sharon Smith: “The 1930s: Turning Point for U.S. Labor”: http://www.isreview.org/issues/25/The_1930s.shtml
Charlie Post: The Forgotten Militants, Jacobin: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/08/the-forgotten-militants
Intro to McAlevey, No Shortcuts.
Chris Maisano: Labor’s Choice After Janus: https://jacobinmag.com/2018/06/labors-choice-after-janus

Recommended
Offe and Weisenthal, “Two Logics of Collective Action”:
Offe and Wiesenthal Summary: Why unions are needed and hard to build and why they tend to bureaucratize: https://mobilizingideas.wordpress.com/2016/07/21/two-logics-of-collective-action-theoretical-notes-on-social-class-and-organizational-form-a-review/
Gindin: Rethinking Unions, Registering Socialism: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LCf1nvQ6pwE6PajuiYr9H77kW9op57D8/view
Civil Rights Unionism: https://jacobinmag.com/2018/05/civil-rights-unionism-local-22-korstad
Typographer’s Union: https://jacobinmag.com/2017/09/typesetting-union-technology-automation-printing

Earlier Event: February 25
ABCs of Socialism Reading Series