Outside of Sweden, people are often impressed by the fact that a majority of Swedish employees are unionized and work under collective agreements. But Swedish unions’ ability to defend workers’ interests is declining, argues Rasmus Hästbacka, showing that high union density is no guarantee of strength or militancy.
Rasmus Hästbacka and Kristian Falk of the Swedish syndicalist union SAC argue for a third path between the “consensus fundamentalism” of mainstream labor bureaucracy, and a “fixation on strikes” among the grassroots, namely re-learning how to build pressure within the workplace.
This is the second in a two-part series on organizing at Starbucks by Nick Driedger. In this installment, he looks at the Industrial Workers of the World campaign in the US and Canada from 2004-2017.
In this two-part series, Nick Driedger takes a look at previous attempts to organize Starbucks. This installment covers the Canadian Auto Workers’ campaign on the lower mainland of British Columbia, 1996-2007.
In the Great Resignation, millions of workers are quitting, but they could use assistance to organize for power in the workplace and improve their jobs instead, argues Eric Dirnbach.