UNIONIZE!: Resource list for shop-floor organizers

This here is a list of books, articles, and other resources that have helped us learn how to engage in organizing our solidarity union. It is a collaborative work in progress.


  • organizing.work | Amazing blog featuring posts by wobblies and other shop-floor organizers.


  • Wages So Low You'll Freak (2011) | Book about the IWW campaign to organize Jimmy John's stores in the Twin Cities.
  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire (1970) | Mostly of theoretical value. Gives a good framework for thinking about education and social transformation.
  • No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age by Jane McAlevey (2016) | Gives overviews of several different union campaigns. Even though the campaigns covered were run by well-funded staff unions, there are still many lessons for the humble solidarity organizer.


  • Sorry to Bother You (2018) | Amazing movie! Good propaganda for the revolution.


  • [Strike! with Jane MacAlevey - The Dig (2019)] (https://www.thedigradio.com/podcast/strike-with-jane-mcalevey/) | In-depth interview with the author of No Shortcuts. Great explanation of structure tests and organizing methods.

Resources about the Burgerville Workers Union

The resources below have been chosen based on their educational value for other people seeking to form unions.

  1. These fast food workers organized the first official fast-food labor union in the country, Shane Burley | ThinkProgress (2019)
  2. BVWU on The Struggle with Alyssa Pariah | KBOO (2018)