Building an effective relationship between the Occupy Movement and the Labor Movement is essential for creating a vibrant progressive social movement in 2012 and beyond. Talking Union is starting a new “Labor and Occupy” page with links to Talking Union blog posts by its editors and bloggers.
We will also be citing or cross-posting the best articles we discover on other blog sites. An excellent example is an Alternet interview of Stephen Lerner by Sarah Jaffe, How We Can Mobilize to be the Greedy 1%s Worst Nightmare .
The process of building relations between Occupy and Labor Movements will not be smooth or without controversies. The different organizational structures guarantee that there will be frictions and mutual misunderstandings, as in the case of the Occupy the Ports actions on the West Coast. This is not necessarily negative. A broad and genuine social movement like that of the 99% must generate such contradictions. Talking Union hopes to make a modest contribution to maintaining open lines of communication that will help transcend these tensions.
We list below some 32 previous articles we posted over the last few months on Talking Union show how throughout the country Occupy activists are joining labor and community groups in specific militant actions in support of threatened workers and communities.