Organizing Work provides a platform for workers to talk about their workplace campaign struggles, from their own perspective. In addition, we do investigative reporting, and commentary pieces on the challenges workers and unions face today.
Many of us – the contributors and editor – are members of the Industrial Workers of the World. Much of the writing, therefore, will focus on IWW campaigns and union strategy, but not to the exclusion of other campaigns. As a model, we favor “solidarity unionism”: a committee of workers in the workplace democratically running the union effort, and taking direct action “on the shop floor” to get what they want.
Too often, labor reporting is an extension of public relations. Most outlets sympathetic to unions end up signal-boosting press releases and cheerleading campaigns, while papering over the strategic decisions driving those campaigns, and minimizing their weaknesses.
There are obvious reasons for this: sympathetic reporting wants labor to win. And they are up against the anti-union, business-friendly, corporate-owned media.
At Organizing Work, we could not be more committed to helping workers win. The publisher, and many of the authors, are workplace organizers. However, we believe in talking about organizing as it really is, warts and all. The only way to learn from our experiences is to talk about them in an honest, critical way, acknowledging what works and what doesn’t.
When workers avoid strategic dead-ends, and instead find creative ways to deploy their power, the potential for gains is enormous.
The site’s publisher is Marianne Garneau.
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