The Trouble with “Solution-Driven Unionism”: Labor’s Crisis of Ideas and the Promise of Economic Democracy

Source: Costas Panayotakis, WorkingUSA, Volume 17, Issue 1, March 2014
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From the abstract:
This article interprets the concept of “solution-driven unionism” recently adopted by the American Federation of Teachers as a manifestation of the American labor movement’s crisis of ideas. A more adequate and politically effective reconceptualization of the role of unions would require us to recognize capitalism’s contradictions and to foreground economic democracy as an alternative to the capitalist organization of socioeconomic life.