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Jan 23Liked by Hamilton Nolan

I organize for the IWW because anyone (excepting bosses and cops) can join. Having union members in non-union shops is a good way to get things started. I agree, a massive (and expensive) effort is needed, but young workers have no idea how unions can help--the US has been virtually non-union for too many years. Educating them starts with a single worker.

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Jan 23Liked by Hamilton Nolan

A $15,000,000 budget / 433 employees = $34,642 / person. I love the idea, I also think that a substantially greater budget would be required (even allowing for part time staff) to cover wages, healthcare, and other benefits

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Sobering but true.

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Jan 23Liked by Hamilton Nolan

Thank you. $1.3 TRILLION dollars.

That is incredible.

And what does the average Amazon warehouse employee make? How much time do they get for lunch?

Is there good health insurance, on-site high quality childcare, paid family leave, support for folks when they have sick parents, children, spouses?

Do I buy stuff from Amazon? Yes. If I cannot find it easily somewhere else.

Should I stop?

Maybe. Maybe I need to stop rewarding Amazon’s dismal treatment of the backbone of its money-making machine.

Maybe we need to organize a “consumer support for Amazon workers” movement, too.

How much longer will people have jobs before automation takes over?

What about the taxes on that $1.3 trillion that could fuel a renaissance in creativity, joy, family health and connection were those taxes collected as Elizabeth Warren wishes and our “richest nation in the world” put some equity and humanity into the experiment and helped with a guaranteed basic income as payback for all the years people have toiled to build the infrastructure that allowed Bezos, Gates, and the others to get started and have people to exploit?

Imagine!

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Jan 24Liked by Hamilton Nolan

We also have to be willing to break the law and get in trouble, propaganda of the Deed an all that.

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Would love resources on how tech organizing is possible given reliance on contractors, and what contractors themselves can do.

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The unions won't do this, because their aristocracy has enslaved them to the center-right Democratic Party; who always considers the wants and whims of the bosses on an equal or higher priority with the needs of the workers.

The union aristocrats also consider non-union workers as not worth caring about; "burger-flippers" whose mites won't add up to even one of their grandiose buildings' rent.

If they did, even a little bit, they'd establish "auxiliaries"; associations with a modest membership fee that take anyone who works a job anywhere in the US, and connects them with modest resources and more importantly each other, and fosters the idea that a burden spread is a burden lightened. Kinda like the modern "krewes" of New Orleans, or suchlike.

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This is a good article with two glaring omissions. One is that SWOC only succeeded after the Rubber and Auto workers' sit-down successes. SWOC was a top down undemocratic organization. the investment by Lewis and the CIO was good, but not the only crucial element. The role of the left in rubber and auto was also crucial. Second, past failures in steel were largely (not totally of course) the result of successful union busting using Black workers who had been kept out of most jobs in the mills in the past. Again, thanks for a provocative and stimulating article.

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Happy to be able to buy your book to support you because this platform is dead to me and I will not be giving them money

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We need to do this! What a force for a better world this could and should be.

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