Upcoming book from Recomposition and Black Cat Press

Lines of Work: Stories of Jobs and Resistance

Half our waking hours are spent on the job, consuming the lion’s share of our time. Our years are woven with stories of work told around the dinner table, breakroom, and bars. Yet these stories are rarely put into print, investigated, or seen as they should be; as part of workers activity to understand and change their lot under capitalism.

Lines of Work offers a rare look at life and social relationships viewed from the cubicle, cash register, hospital, factory, and job site. Drawn from the writings of Recomposition, an online project of worker radicals, the text brings together organizers from a handful of countries sharing their experiences with the trouble of working and fighting back. Rather than professional writers or activists, the authors are workers reflecting on their experiences, aspirations, and how to improve our situation. Through storytelling, they draw out the lessons of workplace woes, offering new paths and perspectives for social change and a new world.

The book will include stories from anonymous workers, Pablo Barbanegra, Juan Conatz, Madeline Dreyfus, Frank Edgewick, Erik Forman, Phinneas Gage, Nate Hawthorne, Invisible Man, JOMO, Dan Knutson, Liberte Locke, Monica Kostas, Nat Kelly, Scott Nikolas Nappalos, Gayge Operaista, Grace Parker, Lou Rinaldi, Al Tucker, and Abbey Volcano.

Lines of Work is being published by Black Cat Press from Edmonton.

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