Jane McAlevey’s Organizing Model: A Critical Evaluation.

October 4, 2021

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Jane McAlevey’s Organizing Model: A Critical Evaluation.

October 14, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Jane McAlevey’s approach to labor organizing is having an impact throughout this country as well as around the world. Her workshops on organizing attract thousands of attendees. DSA has partnered with McAlevey and the United Electrical Workers (UE) to create EWOC, the Emergency Workers Organizing Committee, which has launched a series of workshops aimed at training workers to build power by organizing their co-workers. This panel will evaluate her approach, including what is both positive and negative. 
This will be a participatory event. Panelists will each be given ten minutes. Then, the audience will have the opportunity to raise questions or make comments.  
Evan McLaughlin is a socialist and labor organizer in San Francisco. He has organized with city workers, non-profit, healthcare workers, manufacturing, and food service workers. He is a co-chair of DSA SF’s Labor Organizing Committee and a member of the Red Star Caucus. 
Alex Schmaus is a member of San Francisco Movement of rank and file Educators, United Educators of San Francisco, Tempest Collective, and Democratic Socialists of America.            
Ryan Moore is Lecturer Faculty in the Department of Sociology and Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University, an active member of the California Faculty Association and the Equity for Lecturer Faculty Committee, and an organizer with the DSA-SF Education and Labor Organizing committees.  
Ann Robertson is a long-term member of the Executive Board of the California Faculty Association at San Francisco State University, a member of the Equity for Lecturer Faculty Committee of her union, a member of the DSA-SF Labor Organizing Committee, and a member of the DSA-SF Education Organizing Circle.

NO SHORTCUTS,  by Jane McAlevy.
This is a link to Chapter 1 of her highly influential book, No Shortcuts, and provides an introduction to her approach. 
Jane McAlevey: “Building Power to Win: Organizing Versus Mobilizing” 
This is an introductory lecture where McAlevey distinguishes two approaches to organizing: 1. The bureaucratic approach (mobilizing) and the rank-and-file approach (organizing). 
“What Method of Organizing,” from Against the Current
This article raises thoughtful criticisms of McAlevey’s account. 
Kim Moody: “Reversing the ‘Model’: Thoughts on Jane McAlevey’s Plan for Union Power.”
This article, by a prominent Labor Notes writer, raises thoughtful criticisms of McAlevey but is in basic agreement with her approach.

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October 14, 2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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