Rank-and-File: Socialists in the Labor Movement

March 24, 2019

Curious about the labor movement after the recent teachers strike wave? Trying to figure out why socialists talk to much about labor? Maybe thinking about getting a union job? Come on out, and bring your friends!

Socialists have always seen organized labor as the vital center of a broader working-class movement, and in the 19th and early 20th centuries, socialist politics largely emerged from the labor movement. But since the red-baiting and McCarythism of the Cold War, the connection between socialists and the labor movement has been dramatically loosened.

But many socialists have worked union jobs and participated in their unions as rank-and-file members over the past decades.

The first part of this event will be a panel discussion of socialists who have been rank-and-file union workers, discussing their experiences and perspectives on the labor movement.

The second part will be a kind of rank-and-file job fair. DSA members who work in union jobs in a variety of industries will have tables set up where you can chat with them about their experiences, hear about what different union jobs are like, and talk about how they navigate the broader politics of labor.

Accessibility: Venue and restrooms are wheelchair-accessible


When: March 24, 2019, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Where: East Bay Community Space 507 55th St, Oakland, CA, 94609
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