Saturday, May 1 is International Workers Day — May Day! All over the world the day is celebrated, often with mass strikes in capitalist countries. It is a paid holiday in every socialist country. May Day is also an opportunity for the working class to assess its position in the world, how it has advanced and/or suffered setbacks.
This year's May Day comes less than a month after we learned the results of a union representation vote at Amazon in Bessemer, Alabama. After a massive and vicious union-busting campaign by the hated Jeff Bezos and the country’s second-biggest corporation, pro-union workers lost the vote. But their effort has sparked a renewed drive to organize the unorganized.
Workers World Party’s Labor Fraction is hosting a May Day webinar to discuss a number of questions facing the working class and oppressed. What is the way forward for worker organizing? What is the PRO Act and how can we win it? We need unions — but are they enough? What are workers’ assemblies and why is this a necessary organizational formation? How is every issue — including the ongoing fight against racist police terror — a working class issue?
Monica Moorehead: (she/her) Workers World managing editor; editor, Marxism, Reparations and the Black Freedom Struggle; co-coordinator of International Working Women's Coalition (NYC)
Ed Childs: (he/him) Former organizer and chief-steward for UNITE-HERE and SEIU. He has represented working class delegations to Cuba, Iraq and Vietnam.
Makasi Motema: (he/him) is an organizer and contributing editor for Workers World.
Martha Grevatt: (she/her) Long-time union activist who served on the executive boards of UAW Locals 122 and 869 and Pride at Work, the AFL-CIO's LGBTQ+ Constituency Group. She is also a managing editor of Workers World.
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