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Let’s Roll: An RPG Guide to Organizing Characters

In a roleplaying game, we get to choose the kind of character we want to be, like a fighter, a mage, or a bard. We decide our character’s defining traits. And we get to work with other players to decide on the makeup of our party--­­characters who are good at lockpicking, healing, stealth, combat. We … Continue reading Let’s Roll: An RPG Guide to Organizing Characters

Game Industry Campaign Postmortem

This is the story of my first attempt at organizing in the game industry. Ultimately, it was a failed attempt. No direct action was taken and we never went public. But things were tried that worked and didn’t work, and I’d like to pass those lessons along. This story starts in the spring of 2018 … Continue reading Game Industry Campaign Postmortem

An Interview with Heather Mayer

By Hannah Hopkins Heather Mayer is an instructor of History at Portland Community College and a scholar of American social justice movements. She received a PhD from Simon Fraser University. Her book Beyond the Rebel Girl: Women and the Industrial Workers of the World in the Pacific Northwest, 1905-1924, published by Oregon State University Press … Continue reading An Interview with Heather Mayer

Notes from the Field

By James Smith The United Auto Workers have been trying for years to crack the notoriously anti-union South by organizing at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In 2014, after a ridiculously strong and blatantly illegal anti-union campaign which saw the participation of federal and local politicians, the UAW narrowly lost a union election. Afterward, … Continue reading Notes from the Field

The Movement Starts with Us: Building Relationships for Collective Struggle

By X388133 Today’s workplaces are tremendously alienating and our lives have been designed to isolate us from genuine human contact. Think of an office worker’s average day: wake up at 6am in a single family home in the suburbs, drive alone for an hour to an office, spend all day in a cubicle, then drive … Continue reading The Movement Starts with Us: Building Relationships for Collective Struggle

Building to Win: A Worker-Centric Approach to Union Practice

By Lexi Owens Theory and praxis In the IWW, we are guided by a central theory: the working class must organize itself so that we can build the power necessary to overthrow capitalism and establish a new just and equitable society. Our theory is based on the knowledge that workers are the true creators. They … Continue reading Building to Win: A Worker-Centric Approach to Union Practice

Response to the Secretary Treasurer of the AFL-CIO

By Frank Tonsi Editor’s Note: The following article is a response to a Kotaku guest editorial that was written by Liz Shuler of the AFL-CIO. In the article, Shuler encouraged people working in the games industry to unionize. You can find Shuler's full article here and a Follow Up Q&A here. To Liz Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer … Continue reading Response to the Secretary Treasurer of the AFL-CIO