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Old or New? Let’s say Contemporary. Class composition and Mayday

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Analysis of recent debates in the Occupy movement on organized labor and the changing working class: “Creating an opposition between unionized workers and non unionized workers or unemployed people (or the ‘proletariat’) would be a mistake. The democratic empowerment of rank and file workers is still very important, as well as involving rank and file workers in concrete campaigns, struggles and actions which can create a solidarity between them and community members, unemployed and underemployed people, non unionized workers, students, women, people of color, etc. But we should start realizing that even the democratic empowerment of rank and file workers will not produce a regeneration of existing unions. Rather rank- and- file empowerment should be part of the process of reconstruction of a wider class movement capable of overcoming the boundaries set by unions’ apparatuses.”

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