The Rev. Colin Bossen is an independent scholar with a more-than-decade-long affiliation with the IWW. He serves as the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Cleveland, edits the Industrial Worker's “Workers Power” column, and has published several essays, articles, and chapters in books.
THE CHICAGO COURIERS UNION, 2003–2010: A CASE STUDY IN SOLIDARITY UNIONISM
Article first published online: 5 JUN 2012
© 2012 The Authors. WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society © 2012 Immanuel Ness and Wiley Periodicals, Inc
Volume 15, Issue 2, pages 197–215, June 2012
How to Cite
Bossen, C. (2012), THE CHICAGO COURIERS UNION, 2003–2010: A CASE STUDY IN SOLIDARITY UNIONISM. WorkingUSA, 15: 197–215. doi: 10.1111/j.1743-4580.2012.00384.x
- Issue published online: 5 JUN 2012
- Article first published online: 5 JUN 2012
In recent years, historian and social activist Staughton Lynd has an advanced his theory of solidarity unionism as a way to rebuild the labor movement from below. To date, there have been relatively few unions organized using Lynd's theory and even fewer articles reflecting upon its utility for organizing. This essay critiques solidarity unionism by drawing upon the author's experience using Lynd's theory to build the Chicago Couriers Union (CCU). The history of the CCU is documented with primary sources including union newsletters, meeting minutes, and interviews with union organizers. Its successes suggest solidarity unionism's strengths while its failures point to ways in which the theory might be adjusted to gain greater utility.