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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“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

“to reverse today’s inequality requires a robust embrace of unions—but of unions that are democratic, focused on bottom-up rather than top-down strategies, and place the primary agency for change in workers acting collectively at work and in the communities in which they reside.”
Jane F. McAlevey, No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age

“Ending poverty" sounds good, and so does "raising wages" - these are safe sound bites. They simply ignore the actual history of how any meaningful progress has been won in America or anywhere else - victories that required organization and power.... Mandela didn't change South Africa by being nice, despite the whitewashing of his story after his death. Mandela embraced armed struggle: his analysis of the power context of apartheid demanded it. Each power analysis is contextual, and no, please don't interpret that statement as a suggestion that armed struggle will work here. In the American progressive movement, including unions, there's virtually no discussion of power, the power required per fight, or the relationship between power and strategy.”
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