Unite and Win: The Workplace Organizer's Handbook

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by The Emergency Workplace Organizing Committee, Edited by Daphna Thier

Haymarket Books

4/30/2024, paperback

SKU: 9798888902691


Overworked? Underpaid? Frustrated with your boss?

This guide, based on the collective experience of organizers and workers in non-unionized workplaces, is a critical tool to help you and your coworkers organize for justice at work.

Unite and Win covers the core elements of organizing at work -- developing an organizing committee, having organizing conversations, taking collective action, and inoculating yourselves against the boss's inevitable response.

The Emergency Workplace Organizing Committee (EWOC) provides support and training to non-union workers organizing for better working conditions, with a goal of building a stronger, worker-led labor movement. EWOC was founded in March 2020 as a joint project of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE). Since its founding, EWOC has trained and supported thousands of workers who want better working conditions through their Foundational Training Program. This book is a companion to that program, along with other online and video-based resources.


"It seems like more people than ever are interested in joining a union, which is fantastic news for the labor movement and the working class in general. Unfortunately, the process of actually doing so is still murky and littered with red tape, and it can be tough for folks to figure out how to get started. That's where EWOC comes in, and their latest project has arrived at the perfect moment. This guide lays out all of the most important steps of organizing, winning, and building up a strong union, and is written in clear, concise, and accessible language. There's something in here for every union-curious worker, seasoned organizer, and spitfire revolutionary out there. Grab a copy for yourself or your favorite coworker, and get to work!" -- Kim Kelly, author of Fight Like Hell: The Untold Story of American Labor

"People often contact me asking how they can unionize. I always point them towards EWOC. This publication shows why. In easy-to-understand language, it tells you everything you need to know about the union organizing process, taking you from 'mildly curious' to 'marching on the boss' in less than 50 pages. A lot of people never get around to organizing simply because they don't know how. This guide is all you need to illuminate the path." -- Hamilton Nolan, author of The Hammer: Power, Inequality, and the Struggle for the Soul of Labor

"Indispensable reading for anybody thinking about organizing their workplace. A lively and accessible step-by-step guide to unionizing, Unite and Win can help turn today's labor uptick into a national working-class upsurge. Get a copy for yourself--and a handful for your co-workers." -- Eric Blanc, author of Red State Revolt: The Teachers' Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics

About the Contributors:

The Emergency Workplace Organizing Committee (EWOC) is an organization supporting worker self-organization. It was founded in 2020 by the United Electrical and Radio Machine Workers (UE) and the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).

Daphna Thier is the labor educator on staff at EWOC, where she organizes trainings for hundreds of workers new to organizing each year. She, with the help of many experienced labor organizers, created the organizer's handbook based on the EWOC training program.