REFERENCES, TOOLS, AND RESOURCES FOR
"I am an organizer, not a union leader. A good organizer has to work hard and long. There are no shortcuts. You just keep talking to people, working with them, sharing, exchanging and they come along." - Cesar Chavez
TO ORGANIZE, WE MUST KNOW OUR HISTORY
National Division Labor History Resources (EXTERNAL SITE) Our National Division has a great collection of historical resources from the broader labor movement.
The Calcium Light Turned On By A Railway Trackman by John T. Wilson This book, from the founder of our Brotherhood, is an interesting look at the sorts of struggles our members and our Union faced in our early days.
History of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes: Its Birth and Growth 1887-1955 This book was commissioned by our Union in the 1950s to chronicle our path from Demopolis, Alabama to an organization that spans our continent. It offers insight into the difficulties and struggles faced by our Brotherhood even during the "Golden Age" of unionism and gives perspective to the challenges we meet today.
YouTube Video: History of the BMWED (EXTERNAL SITE) From our National Division's YouTube channel.
LABOR NOTES (EXTERNAL SITE)
Labor Notes is a media and organizing project that has been the voice of union activists who want to put the movement back in the labor movement since 1979.
BUILDING WORKER POWER - EPI & AFL-CIO Joint Project (EXTERNAL SITE)
The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) is an independent, nonprofit think tank that researches the impact of economic trends and policies on working people in the United States. EPI’s research helps policymakers, opinion leaders, advocates, journalists, and the public understand the bread-and-butter issues affecting ordinary Americans. It has partnered with the AFL-CIO on a joint project to provide information and tools to working Americans and labor organizers.
RESOURCES FOR DISCUSSING POLITICS WITH UNION MEMBERS
It’s not about what side we’re on, it’s about who is on our side.
As active, engaged Union members, we all must sooner or later have political discussions with our Brothers and Sisters. If you want to know more about how our Union is working in statehouses across the country, and in DC, reach out to your State Legislative Director or Jeff Joines, your BMWED Director of Government Affairs.
THE STANSBURY FORUM (EXTERNAL SITE)
The Stansbury Forum is a website for discussion by writers, activists and scholars on the topics that Jeff focused his life on: labor, politics, immigration, the environment, and world affairs.
POWER TOOLS - RESOURCES FROM THE AFL-CIO ORGANIZING INSTITUTE (EXTERNAL SITE)
A huge library of resources from the AFL-CIO to train and empower organizers and Union activists.
As we collect more tools, scholarly articles, references, or other information that can empower our members as Union organizers, we'll post them here. Our Burlington System Division members should also take a look at our Training page, which has other resources that can help them better communicate about how our Union functions, how we are governed under the Railway Labor Act, and more!
The question was never "What's the Union going to do about it?" The question has always been "How can we solve this issue together?"
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