Them and Us Unionism

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020

8:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM CST / 6:00 PM MST / 5:00 PM PST

Call / Meeting Info


Event Information

Militant, activist, democratic unions: in DSA, we know that's what we support, but what do such unions really look like? What are the principles that define them and distinguish them from more complacent and conservative labor organizations?

Join the Democratic Socialist Labor Commission (DSLC) for a panel discussion on the United Electrical Workers’ (UE) new pamphlet: “Them and Us Unionism.” Drawing on the union’s history, “Them and Us Unionism” identifies the UE’s five core tenets: aggressive struggle, rank and file control, political independence, international solidarity, and uniting all workers.

The panel will include UE organizer and former DSLC Steering Committee member Kari Thompson on the union’s unique history and philosophy; labor historian and Chicago DSA member Toni Gilpin, author of The Long Deep Grudge, a history of the radical Farm Equipment Workers Union (FE);, and International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) member and current DSLC Steering Committee member Zack Pattin, whose own union’s history greatly parallels that of the UE experience. Don’t miss this exciting conversation about class-struggle unionism and where we go from here!