Josh Eidelson: Business Unionism vs. Organized Labor

program date: 
Mon, 03/05/2012

Joe Clement and Josh Eidelson talk about the pitfalls of organizing workers (into unions) on the model of a business. The practice is widely known as "service-unionism" or "business-unionism" and  in many ways boils down union membership to a customer relation to a service provider, disempowering workers and ultimately weakening unions as worker-organizations. They also take up the role of Occupy recently in the Longshore-workers' struggle in Longview and how they may help put the movement back in the labor movement.

In addition to his own blog, Josh Eidelson writes for the American Prospect, In These Times, and the article that prompted this discussion was written for Salon

 

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