By Working Mass
John Logan’s Bravery, Not Blowout issues a sharp critique to Jane McAlevey’s Blowout In Bessemer. Writing in Solidarity’s Against the Current, Logan makes the case that McAlevey’s widely-shared critique is not based on the facts.
Logan emphasises that it was Amazon’s unprecedented hiring spree, not the RWDSU’s ineptitude, that explains the change in bargaining unit size; he argues that RWDSU was not blindsided, but made an intentional choice not to surrender in response to Amazon’s dilution strategy. Logan also convincingly dispels criticisms about over-focus on celebrity endorsements and lack of community engagement. But his explanation for the RWDSU’s failure to conduct house-calls in the face of COVID-19 is less convincing.
Logan makes a strong argument that, despite the loss, this campaign “exposed a much larger, more diverse and younger audience to the brutal reality of no-holds-barred anti-union campaigns,” and opened up a broader national debate about unionization.
Lessons From Bessemer
- Part 1: Learn From Bessemer To Beat The Boss
- Part 2: Jane McAlevey Argues A Failure In the Basics Explains Bessemer Defeat
- Part 3: John Logan Rejects Jane McAlevey’s Critique of RWDSU
- Part 4: Wilson and Olney Say Bessemer Shows Need For PRO Act, Coordination
- Part 5: Rich Yeselson Writes Bessemer Loss Was Crushing Defeat
- Part 6: Rebecca Green Writes That A Program Is Needed To Organize Workers
- Part 7: Charmaine Chua Argues Taking On Amazon Requires Uniting Amazonians
- Part 8: Joshua Brewer Fires Back At Outside Critics