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
Weak working class resistance is rooted in the loss of radical trade unionists.
Why are US unions less powerful than their Canadian counterparts?
The dismantling of autoworker gains was a class project, not the inevitable result of globalization.
The potential for workers to resist capital is as strong as ever.
Rebuilding the labor movement will take organizing, not just mobilizing.
US public sector unions have gotten a reprieve. Will they use it to rebuild, or squander the opportunity?
Bringing together weak unions and weak social movements isn’t enough. We need a new kind of socialist party.
bargaining is forbidden,
freedom is lost.”