Democratizing the Union Workplace: the Legacy of Labor Notes

Most of us would agree that if we want a revolution the working class must be involved. But finding out out what is actually going on inside and outside of unions is not always easy.  Labor Notes does at least 4 things beautifully: it speaks to efforts being made towards rank-and file democracy; it presents all union struggles as class struggles; it gives a once-a-month overview of what’s happening all over the country; and it has conferences in different cities in the US to unite rank-and-file activists.

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A Labor Notes conference in 1981

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About Bruce Lerro

Bruce Lerro has taught for 25 years as an adjunct college professor of psychology at Golden Gate University, Dominican University and Diablo Valley College. He has applied a Vygotskian socio-historical perspective to his five books: "From Earth-Spirits to Sky-Gods: the Socio-ecological Origins of Monotheism, Individualism and Hyper-Abstract Reasoning", "Power in Eden: The Emergence of Gender Hierarchies in the Ancient World" (co-authored with Christopher Chase-Dunn), "Social Change: Globalization from the Stone Age to the Present", "Lucifer's Labyrinth: Individualism, Hyper-Abstract Thinking and the Process of Becoming Civilized", and "The Magickal Enchantment of Materialism: Why Marxists Need Neopaganism". He is also a representational artist specializing in pen-and-ink drawings. Bruce is a libertarian communist and lives in Olympia, WA.

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