A Union in Spirit

August 13, 2013 at 3:36 pm (Uncategorized)

I don’t usually finish reading the Sunday New York Times on Sunday, so it wasn’t until this morning I came across the story A Union in Spirit discussing the Workers Defense Project in Texas.

Interesting article, and two things jump out.

1. The pull quote, “The Workers Defense Project is not like a union – it welcomes everyone.”

2. It’s in the business section – that alone reminds me of the likely apocryphal remark attributed to FDR, if the workers aren’t given reform from above, they will take revolution from below.

Now my IWW friends see this sort of organizing as the way of the future even though it is rooted in very meat-and-potatoes issues. If it meets with some success, no doubt the bigger union formations will try to co-opt it, but it does also reflect that the fundamental issues of class do not disappear simply because capital believes it has won.

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