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The Worker Center HandbookA Practical Guide for Starting and Building the New Labor Movement$
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Kim Bobo and Marien Casillas Pabellon

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501704475

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501704475.001.0001

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Mastering Direct Action

Mastering Direct Action

(p.93) 11 Mastering Direct Action
The Worker Center Handbook

Kim Bobo

Marién Casillas Pabellón

Cornell University Press

This chapter explains how a worker center can master direct action, which occurs when a group of people directly confronts a target (the person or people with the power to give you what you want) with a specific demand. An example of direct action is when a group of workers and allies goes to an employer and demands that the employer pay workers all of their wages. Direct action helps a worker center win real victories, develop leadership, and build the organization. This chapter presents the Midwest Academy’s strategy chart that can be used in planning a direct action and proceeds by outlining the components of a good direct action, along with some things to avoid when it comes to direct action, including unplanned arrests, ugly confrontations with the police, and trespassing on private property without purpose. It also gives examples of good direct action involving Arise Chicago Worker Center and HomeMade Pizza Company, Casa Latina and Queen City Grill, and New Labor and On-Target.

Keywords:   worker center, direct action, workers, leadership, strategy chart, planning, Arise Chicago Worker Center, HomeMade Pizza Company, Casa Latina, Queen City Grill

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