“We should draw a really clear line between how union busters surveil workers, versus how workers offer up their own connections via wall place charting [an exercise unions use to identify social and communication networks within a workplace and track progress toward winning a union drive] in an effort to win [union elections],” said Jane McAlevey.
Unions & Worker Organizations
Workshops & Leadership Schools
Area of Expertise
Research on Union Avoidance Firms
Power Structure Analysis and Strategy
Mission-Driven Sectors of the Economy (Healthcare and Education)
Jane McAlevey has spent most of her life as organizer and negotiator. She’s fourth generation union, raised in an activist-union household. She spent the first half of her organizing life working in the community organizing and environmental justice movements and the second half in the union movement. She has led power structure analyses and strategic planning trainings for a wide range of union and community organizations and has had extensive involvement in globalization and global environmental issues. She worked at the Highlander Research and Education Center as an educator (and as Deputy Director) in her early 20’s.
More recently, Jane has added “author and scholar” to her bio. McAlevey earned a PhD in June, 2015, from the City University of New York’s Graduate Center, studying with Frances Fox Piven. In September, 2015, she began a Post Doc at the Harvard Law School with the Labor & Worklife Program.
Her third book, A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing and the Fight for Democracy, was published by Ecco/HarperCollins earlier this year .
Rebecca Dixon, Bill Fletcher Jr., and Jane McAlevey look back on 2020, a tumultuous year for workers.
“To win big, we have to follow the methods of spending very little time engaging with people who already agree, and devote most of our time to the harder work of helping people who do not agree come to understand who is really to blame for the pain in their lives.” – Jane McAlevey
Jane explains the door-knocking Democrats should do, why the left needs more than a Labor Secretary, and how to take lessons from union elections, since they’re models of voter suppression.