Organizing the workplace is one thing, but the long game for any politicized labor movement is to institutionalize worker power and exercise it in the larger political sphere; questions of state power, policy, party politics, and the role of social democratic reforms should be central to the project of a revived labor movement and thus a revived left. However, the labor movement's attempts to break into party politics have yielded very little.
In a country with no party of the workers, how does the labor movement build and exercise power? What is the future of party politics for labor? What is the role of labor in the path to socialism? And what is the ideal relationship between left political organizations and organized labor?
Adolph Reed (Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania)
Nivedita Majumdar (Secretary, CUNY Professional Staff Congress)
Marcus Barnett (National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers; Momentum)