A DOL investigation of a worker center seeks to reclassify it as a union. Eric Dirnbach and Marianne Garneau look at the differences between these kinds of organizations, and the potential impact of this change.
Food coops, housing coops, credit unions, and other such institutions are sometimes referred to as the “solidarity economy.” Nick Driedger and Eric Dirnbach debate how these institutions relate to working-class power.
Organizing Work publishes reviews of labor- and union-themed films from an organizer’s perspective. Here, Eric Dirnbach reviews Norma Rae. Spoiler Alert: this review discusses the film in great detail! “Based on a True Story” On the list of great U.S. labor films, Norma Rae is certainly near
Eric Dirnbach describes a successful contract fight at the University of Michigan in the 1990s. In the late 1990s, I was a member of the Graduate Employees Organization (GEO), the union of 1,500 graduate student instructors (GSIs) and staff assistants at the University of Michigan. We