This article is a shortened adaptation of an on-going discussion within the 99% Power/99% Spring group, known for mobilizing the largest number of shareholder actions in recent history in the spring of 2012.

Organizing around the transformation of the economy means organizing around the transformation of work. And that necessarily means organizing workers into new forms of collective bargaining. Worker organizing updated to the 21st century means winning rights, respect, and a contract from the 1%.

Corporations, the vehicles of wealth generation in this country, are just that: vehicles. It’s the people who run them we need to contend with to shift power in this country. Fewer people than ever before are controlling the lives of more workers than ever before. Our slogan should be “we are the 99.9%”—it’s the 0.1% that control workers’ lives and the economy.

Organizing Upgrade interviewed two New York union members about their experiences working with Occupy Wall Street.

Interview with David Martinez, art handler and mover at Sotheby’s auction house in New York City, and member of Teamsters Local 804.

Sotheby’s workers were locked-out from their jobs at Sotheby’s in August 2011, just before Occupy Wall Street began. Throughout the fall, a group of supporters and Occupy activists got involved in activities to support the locked-out workers. Unfortunately, the lock-out continues.

American Football, when it was first “officially” played in 1869 (Rutgers v. Princeton), was a completely different sport.  For one, players were not well-padded, not-at-all-helmeted, and rules to protect their health and safety were lax at best.  Games were glorified slugfests, but generally each team had a shot at winning, bruises and scars par for the course.

Now imagine the 1869 Rutgers team playing against the present-day Scarlet Knights football program, or perhaps even the championship New York Giants.  It would be more than an uneven match-up—the outcome would be brutal, if not deadly.

An Interview with Saket Soni, Executive Director, National Guestworkers Alliance

As capital continues to squeeze its way around the globe in search of the absolute cheapest labor markets and raw goods, workers are forced to respond not simply to a local boss but a multinational supply chain.  How do you create a workers’ movement that can eventually overcome the new forms of exploitation under global capitalism?  This interview seeks to describe one potential path.

We are excited to launch the Leftist @ Work column, which is a space for leftists to talk about the ways in which they organize in their workplace – whether it is how they talk with coworkers about political issues, how they are trying to build or revitalize a union, or how they orient their political perspectives to sync with their daily jobs. Some leftists find themselves confronting issues they didn’t expect would come up in their work.