Union Building and The Lessons of Organizing In the Long Descent

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Organizing people into effective groups to bargain for a fair share of a diminishing pie of resources will be critically important in the Long Descent. The Elites have had it their way for so long, that now that the collapse is staring them in the face, they aren't even trying to hide their efforts to loot the last bit of resources before they retreat to their doomsteads.

The lessons that Amazon union organizers Chris Smalls and Derrick Palmer learned are going to be useful for Green Wizards going forward. We'll discuss them in-depth as things continue.

"‘A marathon, not a sprint’: how Chris Smalls defied Amazon to form a union"

"Being fired motivated Smalls to begin campaigning for an official union at Amazon, a chance for workers to fight grueling conditions that remained unresolved. “Established unions had 28 years to unionize at Amazon and obviously that didn’t work,” said Smalls, adding that many established unions and supposed outside experts didn’t understand how Amazon operated – or what its employees endured.

Traditional tactics of organizing didn’t work at Amazon, Smalls said. Rallying staff in secret was a failing project “because one worker will be here today, gone the next day”, said Smalls. “You need to be out front and outspoken with this company,” he added.

Bringing in politicians or celebrities to rally union votes, strategies used during an unsuccessful union vote in Alabama, was also not a winning strategy, as many staff “don’t even know who these politicians are”, said Smalls.

Instead, Smalls and Palmer reached out to their coworkers with more grassroots methods, setting up a gathering place at a bus stop workers used to commute home. There, they handed out food to their fellow employees – funded in part by GoFundMe donations – and discussed employee grievances.

“We are Amazon workers. We have the experience. So it just worked for us,” said Smalls.

Whereas Amazon quickly began hounding workers with anti-union messages, a move that Smalls said backfired as staff felt their independent vote was being targeted, Smalls and fellow co-organizers remained patient, waiting for workers to have their own moments of realization and sign up to vote."

“Once they got out of the honeymoon phase, they would come right to the tent, sign on up,” said Smalls, adding, “This is a marathon, not a sprint.”