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Organising to Win with Jane McAlevey: Author of ‘No Shortcuts: Organizing f...
Tue 14 February 2017, 17:30 – 20:00 GMT
This book launch by author Jane McAlevey, hosted and sponsored by SERTUC, part of the TUC’s ♥unions campaign, is an opportunity to look at what we need to do, in the workplace, and in the community, to ensure that 2017 is the year we turn the tide both on bad employers and on the politics of division.
In No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age, Jane McAlevey investigates the reasons behind the recent failures of unions and lays out a way forward for the progressive movement. Jane, an experienced community, electoral, and labor organizer, presents a dozen case studies of unions and social movements seeking to effect change in the twenty-first century. As she analyzes each case, she identifies the reasons for the movement’s success or failure.
Progressives can win, Jane argues, but lack the organized power to enact significant change, to outlast their bosses in labor fights, and to hold elected leaders accountable. No Shortcuts shows that what victorious movements have in common is the use of grassroots mass organizing rather than the top-down strategies such as advocacy that have recently gained favor.
Beyond the concrete examples in this book, Jane’s arguments have direct implications for anyone involved in organizing for social change. Much more than just a cogent analysis, No Shortcuts explains exactly how progressives can go about rebuilding powerful movements at work, in communities, and at the ballot box.
Please note: places are limited and entry is by ticket only (tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis)