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Let's Find Alternatives to Striking

Rasmus Hästbacka and Kristian Falk Organizing Work
Authors from the Swedish syndicalist union SAC caution against the “romanticization” of strikes and argue workers must re-learn how to build pressure within the workplace.

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Labor's Last Stand

Garret Keizer Harper's Magazine
Unions must either demand a place at the table or be part of the meal

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Heartbreaking and Hidden: The Lockout Offensive by Employers

Linda Briskin Our Times
Employers use lockouts to weaken unions. Lockouts sabotage the functioning of the union-management relationship, and they undermine standard and secure jobs in favour of more precariousness. Lockouts are also sometimes used to shift production from one plant or country to another, as well as to close unionized plants.

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For Unions, Sometimes a Lockout Is Better Than a Strike

Peter Olney Labor Notes
Whether you’re expecting a strike or lockout, the steps are similar—and there’s no need to reinvent the wheel. Union-busting law firms pass around the same employer playbook. Our side has rich experience in preparation. Ask for advice and help from combatants who’ve been through a strike or a lockout and emerged victorious.

They Can't Stop Beethoven, Can They? Orchestral Workers Fight For Dignity

Sam Pizzigati Too Much - A commentary on excess and inequality
Richard Davis chairs the negotiating committee at the nonprofit responsible for the Minnesota Orchestra. Last October 1, Davis and his fellow corporate managers who run the nonprofit "locked out" the orchestra's musicians after they refused to accept a contract offer that would have cut musician pay by up to 50 percent and jumped annual health care premiums by up to $8,000. These musicians are not striking. Quite the contrary. They offered to keep working.
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