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During the 2011 Left Forum, organizers from the Excluded Workers congress came together for a dialogue with scholars who study worker organizing and social movements for a big-picture dialogue about historical exclusions, contemporary political-economic transitions and long-term vision.  Organizing Upgrade has been publishing the notes from their  stimulating dialogue in several sections, beginning with a piece on historical exclusions in April and a piece on the role of policy struggles in our last issue.  This final section captures a discussion between the panelists about the relationship between the Excluded Workers Congress and the traditional labor movement.

Wednesday, 01 June 2011 09:30
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During the 2011 Left Forum, organizers from the Excluded Workers congress came together for a dialogue with scholars who study workers organizing and social movements for a big-picture dialogue about historical exclusions, contemporary political-economic transitions and long-term vision.  Organizing Upgrade has been publishing the notes from their  stimulating dialogue in several sections, beginning with a piece on historical exclusions in our last issue.  This month’s section captures a provocative exchange between the panelists about the importance and the limitations of policy reforms and “symbolic victories” in the long-term process of building worker power and winning social transformation.

Sunday, 08 May 2011 18:23
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During the 2011 Left Forum, organizers from the Excluded Workers congress came together for a dialogue with scholars who study workers organizing and social movements for a big-picture dialogue about historical exclusions, contemporary political-economic transitions and long-term vision.  Organizing Upgrade will be publishing the notes from their  stimulating dialogue in several sections over the next several months.  This month’s section focuses on the historical context that shapes the current exclusions of certain sectors of workers from labor protections and the right to organize and the ways in which the state and capital have used exclusions to divide and weaken the working classes.

Friday, 08 April 2011 18:19
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stephanieheadshotStephanie Luce is an Associate Professor at the Murphy Institute, City University of New York. She was a founding member of Progressive Dane/New Party and the Student Labor Action Coalition in Madison, Wisconsin, and active in the Teaching Assistants Association.

Friday, 01 April 2011 00:00
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This piece is primarily excerpted from the "Unity for Dignity: Expanding the Right to Organize to Win Human Rights at Work" report recently released by the Excluded Workers Congress.  The full report is available for download at: www.excludedworkerscongress.org.

Tuesday, 01 February 2011 00:00
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Leftist at Work Column

The Leftist at Work column is a space for leftists to talk about the ways in which they organize in their workplace – whether it is how they talk with coworkers about political issues, how they are trying to build or revitalize a union, or how they orient their political perspectives to sync with their daily jobs. Some leftists find themselves confronting issues they didn’t expect would come up in their work. Other people find that they work for a non-profit or union that constrains their range of political activities. We’ll hear from organizers that struggle to balance their radical politics with the realities of working for an organization with more of a reform orientation. We’ll also hear from people who may work in an unionized workplace but try to bring their broader politics into the workplace – such as anti-racism, anti-war, or pro-immigrant rights.

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