The strength of our freedom will be measured by our power to determine the conditions of our labor.

Autoworkers Under the Gun

A Shop-Floor View of the End of the American Dream


from

Haymarket Books

“No one has cut through the hypocrisy

of what capitalism has done to American workers with more passion, wit, and insight than Gregg Shotwell.”   

 

—Sam Gindin, former research director, Canadian Auto Workers

Fight for all or lose it all

 

I can understand the fear and trembling union bureaucrats must feel as the guillotine of Right to Work For Less sows and scythes its way across the working class consciousness. If workers aren’t required to pay for services they don’t respect, it’s quite likely deadheads will roll and no one will miss the toll they charged for lip service.

Now that the “Jointness” program—that laundromat where corporate money is washed and rinsed and funneled into UAW officers’ pockets—has been exposed as a scheme to keep UAW negotiators “fat, dumb, and happy”, perhaps there is an opportunity for real union members who live by the code of the old religion, Solidarity, to rise up from the ashes.

Articles

Flint Had Many Betrayers. Socialist Worker. 3/17/16

Organizing an Inside Strike. Socialist Worker. 9/6/11

The Battles of Sam Johnson, Militant Unionist. Counterpunch. 11/28/2014

 

Doing (and Making) History from Below. MRZine. 8/1/15.

Manufacturing America's Dreams. Monthly Review. 5/2015

 

Stand Up to a Divide-and-Conquer Contract. Socialist Worker. 11/5/15

A Practical Solution to an Urgent Need. Monthly Review. 4/1/2014

Throw the Traitors Out of the Union Hall

 
Poetry

 

Just in Time

We Want Action

Conviction. Fogged Clarity

 

As Far as He Could See. Monthly Review

I Am the Rouge

Make Them Pay

Now They Gonna Make Us Shut Up

Strike Back 

Now the Assassins

 

Fists

 

I am Waiting

 

Fear at Work

 

Transients

 

The World is in Their Care

Chapbooks

 

The World is in Their Care. Partisan Press.

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