[Originally published in issue 3 of the Seattle Worker]
By Lindsay Mimir We should stop thinking about unions from the boss’ perspective. The bosses love at-will employment, where they can fire anyone for any reason. Unions force bosses to establish just cause to fire someone, a very reasonable demand that unions make to employers. If the bosses can’t even get enough evidence to establish … Continue reading Do Unions Really Protect Bad Workers from Getting Fired?
By X358109 There has recently been a lot of informal discussions in the IWW about the Organizer Training program. These discussions have touched on a number of assumptions about organizing and strategy that purport to be “at odds” with the OT. People on the left tend to rely on a number of truisms which I … Continue reading The Myth of Precarity
By Lexi Owens This essay was inspired by ongoing discussions in online and offline anarchist spaces where many self-styled anarchists have tied themselves in knots trying to justify certain hierarchies, especially those of the educated and benevolent expert who provides leadership during revolutionary projects. It is imperative that labor organizers, union members, and other revolutionaries … Continue reading There are no Justified Hierarchies
by X389552 In early April of this year, Google workers went public with a petition against an artificial intelligence project they’d learned was slated to be used in military drones. Over 4,000 workers had already signed onto the letter that begins, “We believe that Google should not be in the business of war,” and ends … Continue reading Organizing Tech: Insights into the Tech World’s Sudden Rebellion
By X390433 In 2017 alone 5,700 homes, 3.6 million square feet of office space, and more than 600 hotel rooms were constructed in Seattle, netting the construction industry billions. The Associated General Contractors of Washington, who are themselves taking in over $5 million annually, claim there isn't enough money to provide a decent contract to … Continue reading In the News: Notes from around the Northwest