Night School: What Are Unions?


April 07, 2021 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm


Zoom Meeting

With union density at historic lows, many Americans have little direct experience of the labor movement. In this session of Night School, we'll break down the basics of how unions work, what collective bargaining means, and how unions can fight for far more than "just" better wages and working conditions.

As a historical example, we'll look back at the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, a majority-Black union that pioneered an early version of "civil rights unionism" under the leadership of A. Phillip Randolph, a Socialist and organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. No assigned readings, just bring your hot takes.

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If you haven't been to a Night School in the past, Night Schools are monthly discussion groups meant to provide a casual setting where we can consider issues related to socialist history, theory, and strategy.

Night Schools are not "schools" in the traditional sense. There are no fees, grades, or prior readings, and all are welcome regardless of previous experience. Join us, whether you're new to DSA or an expert Marxologist!

Night Schools are free and open to all, regardless of previous experience. There are no assigned readings.



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