Kim Moody

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Kim Moody (born 1940) is an American-born writer on labor who advocates social movement unionism, a revitalized labor movement of mobilized and militant rank-and-file workers rather than business unionism structured from the top down and compromised by coziness with corporations.

In the early 1960s Moody was a member of the Students for a Democratic Society in Baltimore, Maryland, writing an SDS position paper on "Organizing Poor Whites" for the organization's Economic Research and Action Project.[1] He was part of the Independent Socialist Clubs and International Socialists, writing articles and pamphlets on labor.[2]

From 1979 to 2001, Moody served on the staff of Labor Notes magazine in Detroit, which he helped to found in 1979.

He now resides in the U.K. where he is a senior research fellow at the University of Hertfordshire.[3]


  1. ^ "Organizing Poor Whites," mimeograph, n.d.
  2. ^ Kim Moody, Fred Eppsteiner, and Mike Flug, Toward the Working Class: An SDS Convention Position Paper (n.p.: Independent Socialist Committee, 1966); Kim Moody, "The American Working Class in Transition," International Socialism, No. 40 (Old Series), Oct/Nov 1969; Kim Moody, Struggle in the Coal Fields (Detroit: Sun Press, 1974); Kim Moody, Don't Buy 'Buy American' (Detroit: Sun Press, 1975); Kim Moody, Battle Line: The Coal Strike of 1978 (Detroit: Sun Press, 1978).
  3. ^ The Nation


  • An Injury to All: The Decline of American Unionism (Verso, 1988)
  • Unions and Free Trade: Solidarity vs Competition (Labor Notes, 1992)
  • Workers in a Lean World: Unions in the International Economy (Verso, 1997)
  • From Welfare to Real Estate: Regime Change in New York City, 1974 to the Present (New Press, 2007)
  • U.S. Labor in Trouble and Transition (Verso, 2007)

Additional reading[edit]

  • Schavione, Michael. "Moody's Account of Social Movement Unionism: An Analysis," Critical Sociology 33 (2007): 279-309.

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