Javier Morillo

Javier Morillo is president of SEIU Local 26, a union of janitors, security officers, and window cleaners in Minnesota.

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Building a Table

This piece is part of the Prospect' s series on progressives' strategy over the next 40 years. To read the introduction, click here . We need to rethink what an effective workers’ movement should look like. Employers have already figured out the answers to whatever problems we create for them with a “renewed” labor movement that maintains our existing institutional forms. Corporations practice infinite degrees of outsourcing, so many workers don’t even know who their real boss is; that’s the direction capitalism is heading. Organizing the workforce of today will require different kinds of membership organizations. Unions today are too weak to be the sole agents of social change. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has grown in the past decade, but even if we recruited a million new members, we wouldn’t have enough power to transform society for our members and all workers. So SEIU created a major initiative in 2011 that went beyond traditional union organizing—the Fight...