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LABR 1260: WORKING FOR A LIVING MARCH 9, 2020 Organizing to Build Power in the Workplace
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Notice © 2020 Christopher Rigaux, all rights reserved. Students of LABR1260 are granted a limited license to copy and retain this document for study purposes. It may not be redistributed. Produced with union labour. LABR 1260 - Organizing to Build Power 2
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Today’s 3 Questions 4 LABR 1260 - Organizing to Build Power When workers exercise power in the workplace, what makes this power stronger? What makes it weaker? How do workplace activism and formal/legalistic methods work together? How do they work against each other? Are we at the beginning of an upsurge of worker power and unions?
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Today’s Plan 1. Building Power What it is, how it works 2. Organizing Methods Different approaches 3. Organizing in Practice LABR 1260 - Organizing to Build Power 5
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Building Power What does ‘workplace power’ look like? LABR 1260 - Organizing to Build Power 6
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Building Power Power: ability to affect change Workplace power: ability of various groups (e.g. workers and bosses) to enforce their interests LABR 1260 - Organizing to Build Power 7
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Building Power If you complain about a problem, will the employer listen? Will they act? Does the employer actively try and avoid problems by talking to workers first? If you push back, would it slow things down, stop them, or can you make the employer reverse course? LABR 1260 - Organizing to Build Power 8
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Building Power LABR 1260 - Organizing to Build Power 9 How can power be used? Controlling work processes Changing workplace rules Eliminating bad actors Improving working conditions / compensation
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Building Power ‘Building Power’: operative word is building A continual process Diminished by inertia Constantly requires exercise LABR 1260 - Organizing to Build Power 10
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Building Power If you can’t measure your success, did it really happen? Important to have a clear understanding of what is being accomplished (and what isn’t) LABR 1260 - Organizing to Build Power 11
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Building Power Mobilizing vs Organizing Mobilizing: encouraging supporters to act Organizing: creating new supporters LABR 1260 - Organizing to Build Power 12
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Building Power Structure Tests Successive steps Testing ability of your ‘structure’ to exert power Builds toward an organizing goal 13 LABR 1260 - Organizing to Build Power
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