Labor And Occupy Wall Street: Common Causes And Uneasy Alliances

Source: Benjamin Heim Shepard, WorkingUSA, Volume 15, Issue 1, March 2012
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From the abstract:
Forty-two years after the Hard Riot of May 1970, organized labor seems to have embraced the goals of a new social movement, Occupy Wall Street (OWS). Both movements have benefited from mutual association, with labor finding new vitality in its connection with a mobilized social movement. And OWS has been able to dismiss the charge that this is a counterculture movement, by connecting itself with labor. Labor helped mobilize a successful action in Wall Street on May 12, 2011, which anticipated OWS. Still, challenges remain if labor is to maintain its uneasy alliance with this anarchist-inspired movement. Labor must learn to show solidity and respect not only to the message of OWS but to the movement’s nonhierarchical organizing process if the alliance to endure.

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