Rejuvenating Workers' Movements with Stanley Aronowitz & Demand N.Y.S. Labor Dept. Enforce Law - 28:46
Rejuvenating the Workers’ Movement – The Road Forward
Prof. Stanley Aronowitz, In the 1950s, Aronowitz was a factory metalworker. In the 50s and 60s, he directed organizing with the Amalgamated Clothing Workers and the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers. He is currently a professor of sociology, cultural studies, and urban education at the CUNY Graduate Center and has written dozens of books on the U.S. working class. His recent book is The Death and Life of American Labor: Toward a New Workers’ Movement
Prof. Aronowitz reminds us that the use of strikes and other militant strategies was what built the labor movement, and how they are essential to revitalizing the faltering, organized labor organizations. The strategies and tactics to rekindle
the growth of the workers’ movements are based in workers banding together across workplaces, across occupations and building bridges from the workplace to linking with community-based struggles for housing, education, health-care and for human rights and against all forms of discrimination.
Workers Demand N.Y.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Enforce Law
National Mobilization Against Sweatshops (NMASS)
Yes, the minimum wage went up in N.Y.S. to $8.75/h, but that’s not enough to live on says NMASS and furthermore, too many of N.Y.S’s workers will see no change in Governor Cuomo’s DOL failure to enforce the labor laws. NMASS took their complaints to the DOL and is threatening to sue Cuomo and the DOL to enforce minimum wage laws and to process wage theft claims timely.