One of the key elements of the union’s struggle was related to social movement unionism. Staley workers played an integral role in motivating the union members and other public to raise their voice against unlawfulness and the exploitation of rights of the workers. Members of the union worked on the strategy of reaching the community to create a grassroots support network in order to get the workers involved in the struggle. Staley workers not only organized their efforts to gather the required support for the movement but also made use of non-violent civil disobedience for the cause.
The most effective part of the struggle was that the union members tried to motivate and gather people even without much involvement of an effective leadership. The Staley workers’ activism proved to be the greatest effort of the union activists in this regard as they successfully brought a lot of workers on a single platform. The union members effectively organized the movement by involving the Staley workers in the struggle which not only revealed social movement activism in their fight but also left a message for future generations that struggle is always the first step towards achievement of a common goal regardless of the result.
In order to be effective, there should have been a proper support and communication with international UPIU in order to avoid the major pitfall. Secondly, they should not only have developed a result-oriented strategy but should also have listened to the advice of other larger unions in order to succeed in the struggle. If I would have been one of the union’s members, I would have made every effort to create awareness among the workers as well as local public regarding the basic aim of the movement. I would have educated them that the goal of the union is not to create disturbance or anarchy in the country; rather we want to fight for the protection of our basic labor rights.