DSA to host a solidarity union panel discussion on May 26, 5 PM PT / 8 PM ET
Panel participants include an Alphabet Workers Union member
The Emergency Workplace Organizing Committee (EWOC), a project of DSA, is convening a panel discussion on pre-majority unionism, traditionally known as solidarity unionism, on Wednesday May 26. The panel will have four members, including Auni Ahsan of the Alphabet Workers Union, and two participants from EWOC's partner union, the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America.
EWOC's web site is workerorganizing.org, which describes the effort as "a project of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE) to build a distributed, grassroots organizing program to support workers organizing at the workplace."
The signup link to attend the event is here:
And here are some extracts from the event information page:
Join us on Wednesday, May 26th at 8pm ET / 5pm PT for EWOC’s event on pre-majority unionism. We’ll hear from:
- Auni Ahsan, a member of the Alphabet Workers Union
- UE150 member from Cummins Engine
- Dave Cohen, retired UE International Rep and President of UE Local 264 in Holyoke, MA
- Rebekah Ward, executive board member with GA United Campus Workers-CWA
Pre-majority unionism is one name for a strategy where workers organize for improvements at work, before reaching the majority of the workforce required for union recognition. This is particularly relevant for large employers with tens of thousands of workers or more, and where the traditional strategy of shop by shop workplace elections is particularly challenging. This also applies to areas where workers don’t have legal collective bargaining rights, such as public sector workers in many states.
Workers can win gains in wages, benefits and working conditions with this strategy, but it has different challenges and dynamics. This discussion will feature several veterans of these kinds of organizing campaigns.
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