The labor movement has to be central to winning a Green New Deal and reversing climate change. Recent labor victories show how we can do just that, from the ground up, and quickly.
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.
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.
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.