The Los Angeles teachers strike showed that bottom-up organizing can overcome extraordinary odds. We can do the same throughout the health and education sectors — and at Amazon.
Jane McAlevey has been an organizer and negotiator in the labor movement for over twenty years. While she continues to organize, she also writes for various publications and is the author of two books, Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell) and No Shortcuts, Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age.
To build a more confident, fighting, politically educated working class, no task is more pressing right now than building for successful strikes.
The victory in West Virginia and the impasse in Oklahoma raise important questions for the Left. Drawing out the strategic lessons of these strikes is crucial for the fights ahead.
Jane McAlevey on Fight for 15, labor's crisis of strategy, and the difference between organizing and mobilizing.