Labor Notes #488

Two UAW workers with picket signs

Strikes are where our power is. Without a credible strike threat, workers are at the boss's mercy.

How to Strike and Win

A Labor Notes Guide
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Assess all the types of leverage the union can bring to bear: how will you make the employer cry uncle?

How to Strike and Win

A Labor Notes Guide
labornotes.org/strikes

Patco striker and child with picket sign

Any plan to revive the strike must take the risks seriously. There are good reasons not to strike too hastily.

How to Strike and Win

A Labor Notes Guide
labornotes.org/strikes

Three workers from UIC GEO.

Rank and filers can organize from the bottom up to put on a contract campaign and strengthen a strike.

How to Strike and Win

A Labor Notes Guide
labornotes.org/strikes

Two workers holding up signs.

Workers have invented a wealth of variations on the strike. Some are riskier than others. Some pack more punch.

How to Strike and Win

A Labor Notes Guide
labornotes.org/strikes

Worker calling out.

The law is stacked against strikes, so knowing the law and when and whether to break it is essential.

How to Strike and Win

A Labor Notes Guide
labornotes.org/strikes

Two UPS workers holding a document.

Strikes are the most powerful tool in labor’s arsenal, but they’re not always the right tool.

How to Strike and Win

A Labor Notes Guide
labornotes.org/strikes

Two workers standing together holding signs.

Starting with milder actions and building up to more fiery ones will maximize involvement in your contract campaign.

How to Strike and Win

A Labor Notes Guide
labornotes.org/strikes

Two UE picketers, one with a sign and the other with a flag.

A powerful strike must belong to its members, from the beginning of the contract campaign to the day you declare victory.

How to Strike and Win

A Labor Notes Guide
labornotes.org/strikes

Three picketers at the UTLA strike in January 2019.

Unions can’t win big if we’re an isolated minority. Strikers need allies for much-needed moral support, and practical support.

How to Strike and Win

A Labor Notes Guide
labornotes.org/strikes

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