Hybrid October General Membership Meeting: In-person and Online

Start: Tuesday, October 11, 2022 7:00 PM

End: Tuesday, October 11, 2022 9:00 PM

The October Seattle DSA General Membership Meeting will feature...

Class Struggle Unionism with special guest speaker author and labor activist, Joe Burns

On the Frontlines of the Labor Surge: Salting (at Amazon) & Peppering- Presentation from Portland DSA Labor Committee

An important bylaw amendment to vote on

October General Membership Meeting
Tuesday, Oct 11, 7-9PM

**NEW In-Person location: Southside Commons**

3518 S Edmunds St, Seattle, WA 98118

(Note: new location! 5 min walk from Columbia Light Rail Stop and bus #7,9,50, 106)

***If you’re coming in-person, please arrive early for check in!***

Please read the bylaw amendment being proposed so you are prepared to discuss and vote: https://docs.google.com/document/d/17xSoJ9hZ5CxllWjKSl50EZtxzHIE6epWs2M20u7a22g/edit

A surge in strikes have swept the country, igniting a resurgence in the labor movement. From Starbucks workers, Amazon warehouse workers, HomeGrown workers to educators, nurses, carpenters, and railroad workers - to name a few.  

This upswing in activity is showing no signs of letting up as more workers win unionization elections and the UPS contract and potential strike of 330,000 workers is looming in 2023. Big business is determined to maximize profits and will try to force working people to pay for inflation through attacks on already battered living standards.  

Seattle has been an epicenter of the strikes fueling this wave. And Seattle DSA has played an important role with our strike support, members playing a leading role in unionization drives, and developing community support. However, the more this surge continues, the more we must grapple with the state of the labor movement, the labor bureaucracy, how to defeat business unionism, how to win strong contracts, and the role of socialists in the labor movement.

We’re excited to have Joe Burns, author of Class Struggle Unionism, as a special guest speaker. Joe Burns is a veteran union negotiator and labor lawyer with over 25 years experience negotiating labor agreements. He is currently the Director of Collective Bargaining for the Association of Flight Attendants, CWA. His book was featured both at Labor Notes and the Socialism Conference and is a top seller at Haymarket books. Recently, in our own chapter, educators had a study group on it.

We’ll also have an exciting presentation from one of the Portland DSA’s Labor Committee on Salting (in Amazon and elsewhere) & Peppering (Peppering is the labor term for a person who chooses a union job for the purpose of strengthening that union.)

Wheelchair ramp for Southside Commons is on the west side of the building. It leads to the main auditorium where the DSA meeting will be.
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