As we build collective power with coworkers, negotiate with management, and make demands of employers, workplace democracy is a way of talking about having a say. But what does that mean?
Union organizer and autonomist, Kevin Van Meter, Ph. D. is the author of Guerrillas of Desire: Notes on Everyday Resistance and Organizing to Make a Revolution Possible (IAS/AK Press, 2017), co-editor of Uses of a Whirlwind: Movement, Movements, and Contemporary Radical Currents (AK Press, 2010), and is currently writing his next book Reading Struggles: Autonomist Marxism from Detroit to Turin and Back Again (AK Press, 2024). Kevin’s efforts focus on mutual aid, working-class self-activity, the refusal of work, and everyday forms of resistance. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Labor and Society, and is affiliated faculty with the Labor Education and Research Center at the University of Oregon. You can follow his search for The American Worker on Facebook and Twitter @AmericanWork47 and he can be reached via his website: www.readingstruggles.info.