Radical “social movement unionism” has become a trendy concept among graduate student unions. But the goals of union activists must be evaluated not just in terms of desirability or rhetorical militancy, but also in light of the concrete outcomes of their work.
Jason Struna is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at UC Riverside. He is currently Unit Chair at UC Riverside, and has been active in UAW 2865 leadership since 2011. His dissertation is titled "Handling Globalization: Labor, Capital, and Class in the Globalized Warehouse and Distribution Center” and is based on ethnographic research on warehouse workers in Southern California.