“Oakland, by acting on the premise that they have a moral right to strategic workplaces in the economy, has emerged as a leader in the Occupy movement. Their strategy, which we argue is an extension of solidarity unionism from one workplace to the entire economy, will challenge the ruling class’ monopoly on the distribution of value.” Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), 2011
Prof Derek Keenan published “Is Another Unionism Possible? Solidarity Unionism in the Industrial Workers of the World in the U.S. and Canada” in the 18th volume of WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society, June 2015.
Why the study? The Starbucks Workers Union in NYC recently succeeded in organizing and changing policy by using Solidarity Unionist strategies, which were started by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). However, even in the face of recent unprecedented attacks on traditional unions, very few labor movement researchers have looked at Solidarity Union arguments. Given the current significant challenges to unionism, this study asks, “Is another unionism possible?”