Chapter Campaigns

2023 External Priority Campaign – Strike Ready RVDSA

This year’s external priority campaign is Strike Ready RVDSA. Under capitalism one of the primary ways workers can win demands is through exercising our collective power and withholding our labor. No matter your work situation, there is a way for you to get involved with labor solidarity and strike support this year. Our long term goal is to make RVDSA into an organizing hub for the valley, with a militant membership able to wield working class power to socialist ends. In order to build that capacity, our intermediate goals are to prepare members to organize their workplace, and to build organic connections to existing labor struggles through solidarity action.

What this campaign has looked like so far:

Our chapter has been recognized by the Amherst-Pelham Education Association as a consistent and reliable ally throughout their current contract fight

Multiple chapter members spoke at the Barnes & Nobles workers’ recent union election rally — which the workers won unanimously!

In May, RVDSA hosted a Labor Solidarity Cookout with speakers from our Labor Standing Committee, the Amherst Pelham Education Association, and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. We also held a rank-and-file jobs fair and fundraiser for the DSA Labor Solidarity Fund, building our collective power as an organized working class.

We are building relationships with local UPS shops to prepare for the upcoming historic Teamsters strike

Rigorous discussion within our chapter about legal barriers on worker action and how workers have broken through these barriers, and how our chapter can become a local organizing hub for labor

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Past Chapter Priority Campaigns:
2022 Priority Campaign – The People’s Ballot: We Won!
  • YES on the Fair Share Amendment! 
  • YES to our reps supporting Mass Medicare for All! 

In March 2022, our chapter voted to prioritize a combined ballot measure campaign that: 

  • enshrined public funding for schools and transit in our state constitution by taxing the rich 4% more on their income above $1 million (Fair Share Amendment).
  • pressured Rep. Michael Finn (6th Hampden District) to vote in favor of An Act Establishing Medicare for All in Massachusetts (part of a statewide strategy)
  • fought tech companies trying to create their own version of contractor to serve their profit-seeking needs, and denigrate workers rights (App-Based Driver initiative).

The first two YES questions are what Andre Gorz famously called “non-reformist reforms” or “transformative reforms,” 

conceived, not in terms of what is possible within the framework of a given system and administration, but in view of what should be made possible in terms of human needs and demands. 

Non-reformist reform campaigns not only demand socially transformative policies, but make the stakes of struggle very clear for socialists and the working class. The FSA would create a public fund of $1.5-2 billion yearly, targets the ruling class for the direct benefit of the working class–and makes it more or less permanent. It cannot be coopted by capital–not without major fights. Universal healthcare, administered through a public trust, is unsurprisingly opposed by health insurance companies and the healthcare industrial complex (but not by most healthcare workers!), and this pressure tactic will force wishy-washy Democratic politicians to finally confront their own constituencies’ true democratic wishes head-on, and pick their side. 

The third NO question is also the kind of legislative battle that directly pits the working class against the ruling class, over a perennial labor question dressed up in 21st century high tech garb. Who gets to decide our working conditions, our hours, or our wages: workers or capitalists? The attempt to change labor law to fit to a “new” technological gadget, the rideshare platform, does nothing really new, as capitalists have long tried to carve out exceptions and add supplements to labor law that do little to protect workers and everything to preserve profits. It’s trying to reduce a grueling job to mere piecework, and at the end of the day, it’s neo-feudalism disguised as “flexibility.” 

We chose this campaign because DSA members should not only support these discrete campaigns for the working class and against capital), but should be actively seeking to promote and link to our winning socialist message. Our campaign puts us in coalition with unions, social justice organizations and issue-based activist groups, and we plan to produce our own material, swag and events to supplement as we go.