Rank and File

SUMMER 2016 | ISSUE 22

The class war between employers and workers over the product of Labor goes on without letup. “Settlements” in wage movements, whether these are accompanied by strikes or not, are at best only truces in the ceaseless struggle, only turning points where the struggle takes on new forms. The employers will continue to try to destroy the workers’ standard of living and break the unions; the workers will continue to build their unions and to advance their interests. Organization campaigns, strikes, settlements and their aftermath, are but various phases of the one great process of class struggle under capitalism.

—William Z. Foster, Strike Strategy (1926)


Chris Maisano & Micah Uetricht


Joe O’Donnell


Rank & File

How Labor Lost

The Forgotten Militants

Charlie Post

Weak working class resistance is rooted in the loss of radical trade unionists.

From Class to Special Interest

Barry Eidlin

Why are US unions less powerful than their Canadian counterparts?

The Long Road to Crisis

Nicole Aschoff

The dismantling of autoworker gains was a class project, not the inevitable result of globalization.

Workers of the World

Beverly J. Silver

The potential for workers to resist capital is as strong as ever.

How Labor Can Win

Everything Old Is New Again

Jane McAlevey

Rebuilding the labor movement will take organizing, not just mobilizing.

After the Friedrichs Scare

Joseph A. McCartin

US public sector unions have gotten a reprieve. Will they use it to rebuild, or squander the opportunity?

Beyond Social Movement Unionism

Sam Gindin

Bringing together weak unions and weak social movements isn’t enough. We need a new kind of socialist party.

“Where collective
bargaining is forbidden,
freedom is lost.”

—Ronald Reagan