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A Troublemakers Handbook How to Fight Back Where You Work and Win

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A Troublemaker's Handbook How To Fight Back Where You Work - and Win! by Dan La Botz A Labor Notes Book Detroit ã 1991 ® ~ 1 3 3 To Jakob La Botz In memory of GenoraJohnson Dollinger A Labor Notes Book Copyright © 1991 by Dan La Botz First Printing: January 1991 Second Printing: November 1997 About the publisher: Labor Notes is a monthly newsletter of labor news and analysis intended to help activists put the movement back in the labor movement. It is published by the
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  A  Troublemaker's Handbook  How To Fight Back Where You Work - and Win! by Dan La Botz A Labor Notes Book Detroit ã 1991  ®~133  To Jakob La Botz  In memory of GenoraJohnson Dollinger A Labor Notes Book  Copyright © 1991 by Dan La Botz First Printing: January 1991 Second Printing: November 1997  About the publisher: Labor Notes is a monthly newsletter of labor news and analysis intended to help activists put the movement back in the labor movement. It is published by the Labor Education and Research Project, which holds a biennial conference for all labor activists, acts as a resource center, and puts on schools and workshops on a variety oftopics. See the inside back cover for more information on Labor Notes publications. Reprints: Permission is granted to unions, rank and file union groups, and labor studies programs to reprint sections of this book for free distribution. Please send a copy of such reprinted material to Labor Notes, 7435 Michigan Ave.,Detroit, MI 48210. Requests for permission to reprint for other purposes should be directed to Labor Notes. Design: Book and cover designed by David McCullough. Cover photos: Top: New York hospital workers, members of Local 1199, strike for a decent contract in the summer of 1989.Andrew Lichtenstein/Impact Visuals.Lower left: Striking Eastern Air Lines flight attendant and Pittston miner's wife welcome Detroitauto workers to the miners' Camp Solidarity. Jim West/Impact Visuals. Center: Pittston miners read abouttheirplant take-over in the newspaper. Cindy Reiman/Impact Visuals.Lower right: NYNEX strikers, 1199 hospital workers and Eastern Air Lines strikers marchedtogether in an August 1989 demonstration. Les Stone/Impact Visuals.Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 90-92221 ISBN # 0-914093-04-5   Table of Contents  Acknowledgments . · . v  List of Abbreviations .... . vi A Road Map to This Book. vii Foreword. by Genora Johnson Dollinger be  1. The Fight Starts Here 1  2. Basics of Organizing 5 3. Shop Floor Tactics . · . 11  4. Organizing Around Health and Safety · .32  5. Dealing with Labor-Management Coopera'tion Programs ..... 40  6. Reaching Out to Other Unions . .52  7. Reaching Out to the Community . . . . . . .63  8. Contract Campaigns .73  9. Strikes ............. . .80  1 O. Wildcat Strikes · .96  11 . Sitdown Strikes · 103  12. Inside Strategies · 117   iv ã A Troublemaker's Handbook 13. Corporate Campaigns . . . . . . . .1 4. Organizing Among Immigrant Workers15. Organizing Around Women's Issues 16. Organizing Against Racism .... 1 7. Organizing in the Non-Union Workplace18. Organizing the Unorganized19. Taking Power in Your Local20. Locals to Learn From .... 21. Strategic Planning for Unions .. 127  .. 140 · 151  . . . 164 · 178 · 189 . . . . . . 196  .210  22. .226  Bayond the Workplace . . . . Appendix A: Corporate Campaign Questionnaire . Appendix B: Researching Your Employer .....  .... 233 . . . . . . . 239  .243  Appendix C: Union Newspapers and Rank and File Newsletters . . . 246 Appendix D: Strategic Planning Guides . . 250 Appendix E: Resources . .252  Bibliography . . . . .257  Index .... . ... 259 
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