Jane Slaughter

“My first reaction was ‘oh no, not again,’” said Mark Esters, an organizer for the Communications Workers in the St. Louis area. “And trying to take it all in. And then, what should our response be? The answer was collective action."

Trying to convince your co-workers that things can change? Labor Notes can help you show them that people no different from themselves have organized a union, or taken back their union, or put the boss in his place.

We troublemakers keep hoping for the spark that will set a wildfire of workers in motion, like in 1937. But that takes legions of skilled, far-sighted activists. Unions' job is to train them up—through everyday struggles in the workplace.

Bosses hate a salt—a pro-union worker who’s taken a job with the intent to organize. Many who salt say there are advantages to organizing from inside the workplace.

Taxi drivers in Washington, D.C., angry about rushed and expensive new regulations, have allied with the Teamsters union, despite their exclusion from labor law.

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