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NBK Night School: Socialists, the Working Class, and the Labor Movement

  • Mayday Space 176 Saint Nicholas Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11237 United States (map)

Why do socialists think workers have the capacity and incentive to drive social change? Description. 

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. 

Readings

Chibber, “Why we still talk about the working class”? https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/03/abcs-socialism-working-class-workers-capitalism-power-vivek-chibber/
Debate: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/08/freelancer-gig-economy-logistics-manufacturing-unions
Sharon Smith: “The 1930s: Turning Point for U.S. Labor”
Charlie Post: “The Forgotten Militants”
Jane McAlevey, No Shortcuts, Introduction
Chris Maisano: “Labor’s Choice After Janus”