Talking Radical Radio: Shop-Floor Organizing in the Non-Profit Sector

On this week’s episode of Talking Radical Radio, worker/organizer David Stannton talks about his involvement in building a successful shop-floor response to counter management attempts to impose significant concessions on workers at the immigrant-serving not-for-profit agency where he works.

The non-profit sector poses particular challenges to workplace organizing. Stannton recently wrote about his experience with some of those challenges in a piece called, “Beyond the Martyr Complex: Confessions of a ‘Pink Collar’ Militant”. By “martyr complex”, Stannton means a willingness on the part of workers to accept poorer wages and working conditions than might otherwise be the case, out of concern about the impact that disruption to the services they provide would have on the people who depend on them. In both the artaicle and the interview, he talks about a successful instance in the past year in which a very bottom-up, rank-and-file approach to organizing the shop floor succeeded in staving off demands for major concessions from management.


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