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(Response to “Careful What You Wish For: A Critical Appraisal of Proposals to Rebuild the Labor Movement” by Lance Compa, originally published in New Labor Forum on December 28, 2015). Lance Compa is right: alt-labor relies heavily on union support, and it’s not self-sustaining. But the conclusion he draws—that it’s a lot of flash and no fix—is only half-right. The truth is, we should feel optimistic about “traditional” labor because of alt-labor, not in spite of it. The two futures are linked, and supporting alt-labor may be the smartest way for unions to put fuel to the flashes and get to the fixes.

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The Murphy Institute, City University of New York

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Michael M. Oswalt, Response to “Careful What You Wish For”: Bust Out Without Breaking Up, New Labor Forum (Dec. 28, 2015),

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