Bill Fletcher Jr.

Bill Fletcher Jr.

Bill Fletcher Jr. is a labor activist and scholar. A welder by training, he has worked for several labor unions, including the AFL-CIO, where he was on the senior staff of the national office, and has served as president of TransAfrica Forum. He is a Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies and a member of the editorial board for He is a co-author of The Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1934–1941; a co-author of Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path toward Social Justice; and author of “They’re Bankrupting Us”—And Twenty Other Myths about Unions. Fletcher writes a syndicated column and comments regularly on TV, radio, and the Internet.

GTI Contributions
Roundtable contribution to Planetizing the Labor Movement - Bill Fletcher
Contribution to GTI Roundtable Planetizing the Labor Movement
An exchange on the essay Workers of the World Unite (At Last)

April 2019

The new international should be rooted in a post-capitalist vision and strategy that includes willing unions—but transcends them.

Roundtable contribution to Debating the Precariat - Bill Fletcher
Contribution to GTI Roundtable Debating the Precariat

October 2018

The “precariat,” rather than a new class, is part of the global proletariat, on whose struggle with transnational capital our fate depends.

Roundtable contribution on Global Capitalism - Bill Fletcher
Contribution to GTI Roundtable Global Capitalism

June 2017

The emergence of a transnational capitalist class has not lessened tensions and contradictions between states.