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Revolutionary Unionism

By Maria Garcia There are many ways to effect positive change in the world (activism, electoral politics, legal action, changes in individual behavior, etc.), and all of them have been used with various levels of success in addressing the acute problems caused by our economic system. But any attempt to effect real, permanent, systemic change … Continue reading Revolutionary Unionism

All Quiet on the News Front (Why your union is organizing underground)

By Lindsay Mimir The Seattle IWW is organizing in no less than seven workplaces in five different industries across the city­­ education, food service, retail, tech, and office workers. Our organizers are working diligently to build up their organizing committees, train and recruit their fellow workers, and win gains on the shopfloor. We just held … Continue reading All Quiet on the News Front (Why your union is organizing underground)

In the News: notes from around the Northwest

By X390433 ArcelorMittal and US Steel have recently proven once again that no matter how much bosses squeeze us, they will never stop trying to squeeze us more. Despite extracting concessions from their workers for years and having their profits propped up by tariffs, the companies tried to limit pay increases for the United Steelworkers … Continue reading In the News: notes from around the Northwest

Letter from the Editors of the Seattle Worker (November 2018)

The editorial team behind the Seattle Worker wishes you happy holidays! We would like to take this end-of-the-year edition of the SW to say a few things about 2018 and our plans for the next year. First, thank you to all of our readers and subscribers. Your donations and kind words keep this publication running. … Continue reading Letter from the Editors of the Seattle Worker (November 2018)

Confronting the Carbon Capitalists

By x388133 Last summer brought another record wildfire season to the Pacific Northwest. Smoky air from fires in the region caused hellish air quality around the entire Northern Hemisphere. The causes of the forest fires and the destruction of our forest ecosystem generally are incontrovertible. Over one hundred years of fossil-fueled capitalist development and hundreds … Continue reading Confronting the Carbon Capitalists

Five Things to Watch for in the Labor Movement

Five Things to Watch for in the Labor Movement By Lexi Owens The effects of the Janus case may not be felt for several years. The continued rollback of union rights and the landmark Janus decision will undoubtedly pressure the labor movement’s conservatives to redouble their efforts to expand their influence, so the leftist community … Continue reading Five Things to Watch for in the Labor Movement

In the News: Notes from around the Northwest

By X390433 After years of on-the-job harassment, poor working conditions, and low pay nearly 8,000 Marriott hotel workers have gone on strike in 8 different cities including Seattle's Westin, which is owned by Marriott. Negotiations have reportedly been tense but fruitful in various cities, and the workers have been backed by thousands of supporters. The … Continue reading In the News: Notes from around the Northwest

What should we say when a capitalist dies?

By Lindsay Mimir Paul Allen, one of Seattle’s foremost business leaders, philanthropists, and rapacious capitalists died on October 15. Like many of the outrageously wealthy, he was widely celebrated in the media. He was a co-founder of Microsoft, one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in back-to-back years (2007 and 2008), owner of the … Continue reading What should we say when a capitalist dies?