For Inspiration, Look to the History Of Public Worker Strikes

Source: Joe Burns, Labor Notes, June 18, 2014

Politicians want to turn the clock back 50 years by restricting the bargaining rights of millions of public workers. Unions would do well to look back, too, to the great public employee strike upsurge of the 1960s.

Today’s unions, in both the public and private sectors, have a lot to learn from this little-discussed period in labor history. Here are seven lessons:

Strikes Worked. …
The Power of Example. …
Don’t Let Repressive Laws Stop You. …
Union Democracy Matters. …
Treat Striking as a Human Right. …
Build Community Alliances. …
Don’t Give Up Hope. …