Where Do Unions Fit Into Socialist Strategy?

The core problem for Marxists is that unions occupy a paradoxical place in socialist strategy. On the one hand, they are essential for creating the collective working-class actor that is necessary to bring about socialism. On the other hand, by their very form they presuppose the continued existence of capitalism, given their primary focus on negotiating wages, benefits, and working conditions with capitalists.

A step backwards for worker freedom

Today, the US Supreme Court issued its worst decision on labor rights in decades in Janus v. AFSCME. The 5-4 decision uses a narrow conception of individual rights to declare that workers are free to opt out of paying for the cost of negotiating and enforcing union contracts from which they benefit. It does so by stating…

Labor and the Class Idea on the New Books Network

I recently had a chance to talk about my book, Labor and the Class Idea in the United States and Canada, with Sarah Patterson for the New Books in Sociology Network podcast. You can listen here.

Talking social movements on CBC

On Thursday, June 7, 2018, I got to discuss some of the core issues I bring up in my Contemporary Social Movements class with CBC Saskatchewan listeners on Blue Sky with Garth Materie: why and when do people mobilize? When can protests work? How do movements win? It was an interesting experience doing a call-in…

Labor and the Class Idea on The Sociology Annex podcast

I had a great time with the crew at The Sociology Annex podcast (Joseph Cohen, Leslie Hinkson, and Gabriel Rossman) about my book, as well as other matters of sociological interest. You can find a link to the episode here.

Past Media Appearances

I will be posting about new media appearances going forward, but this post archives much of what I’ve done up through 2018. January 20, 2018 interview with CTV News Montreal on Quebec’s minimum wage increase: January 19, 2018 interviews with Radio-Canada Ontario (Toronto, Windsor, and Sudbury) on National Day of Action in support of Tim…