Jane F. McAlevey

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Jane F. McAlevey is a union and community organizer, educator, author, and scholar. She’s fourth generation union, raised in an activist-union household. She spent the first half of her organizing life working in the community organizing and environmental justice movements and the second half in the union movement.

She has led power structure analyses and strategic planning trainings for a wide range of union and community organizations and has had extensive involvement in globalization and global environmental issues.

She is currently a Senior Policy Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley’s Labor Center, part of the Institute for Labor & Employment Relations.

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“To win big, we have to follow the methods of spending very little time engaging with people who already agree, and devote most of our time to the harder work of helping people who do not agree come to understand who is really to blame for the pain in their lives.”
Jane F. McAlevey, A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy

“progressive social change cannot be made without a leadership ready to take risks.”
Jane McAlevey, Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell): My Decade Fighting for the Labor Movement

“If the governance systems encourage participation by the best and most diverse workers, the union will reflect the best and most diverse workers’ values.”
Jane F. McAlevey, A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy




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