Critical Work was started as a newspaper for worker democracy at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in 2008 by Royal Brevväxling and Lee Abbott. It was published in conjunction with our Worker Education Forums, meetings at which union members in the AFT and AFSCME locals encouraged other unions' members and those not represented by unions, such as all the undergraduate student labor on campus, to attend and speak to their work experience at the university, share stories and identify both shared issues and unique workplace injustices in order to collectively work to right them.
Critical Work was later re-conceptualized as an online space to collect longer academic essays and shorter opinion pieces which extended our analyses of work and labor at UW-Milwaukee to its connections in other workplaces across southeastern Wisconsin.
Critical Work continues to focus on these themes but with a broader mission for social change as based on a host of anti-capitalist principles, each representing the perspectives of its contributors. The fundamental principle is for each perspective to radically question an aspect of dominant ideology -- the subject of each article and blog post.
The current editorial collective of Critical Work are zinesters (zine makers and distributors in the anarchist tradition) and, as such, organize Critical Work as an internet zine or webzine.
Our mission is to provide a space for contributors' smart, radical, sometimes experimental, Critical work; we believe that work which might otherwise be scattered on myriad personal blogs will reach more people and function better if organized collectively.
With that said, and with the launch of the new site, we invite you to examine the Submissions guidelines and put together some of your critical work.
Return to the site often; in the coming weeks, we'll be adding new articles, regular blogs and multimedia pieces.
--The Critical Work editorial collective