The sold-out Australian bestseller
Our Members Be Unlimited is a timely and inspiring work of comics journalism illustrating the history of unions and why we need them (and a first-hand account of working in an Amazon warehouse)
Workers of the world, unite! From comics journalist Sam Wallman comes a thoughtful plunge into the history of unions. Through distinctive art and sharp-eyed reporting, Wallman ushers us into the hidden aisles of 21st-century labor conditions, and shows us recent labor movements and union triumphs — all while framing current conditions against the history of unions and the earliest rallying cries for worker rights.
It’s an entry point for younger generations, and a reminder for workers who have had their livelihood reduced by capitalist pressures. It’s also a primer for those new to the power of collective action.
From an Amazon warehouse in Melbourne (where Sam worked for a year), to Britain and Bangladesh, to Walmart in China and the New York Taxi Workers Alliance strike against the Trump-era refugee ban of 2017, this book is a highly original and visual exploration of the power of unions.
“Stylistically, Wallman deftly manages the complex use of space - at times like MC Escher or Diego Rivera, also taking inspiration from early trade union banners … Unique and urgent, Our Members Be Unlimited is aimed at a broad audience and well deserves to reach it.”
——Andrew Chuter, Green Left
“In a narrative that moves from trade-union history to his own efforts organizing in an Amazon warehouse, Sam Wallman draws honest, unsentimental portraits of the working class that was and the working class that is. Most of all, he shares a vision of the working class that could be, depicting the everyday decency of ordinary people as the only hope for a world in crisis. Funny, tender, and wise, this book both delights and inspires.”
—— Jeff Sparrow, author of Crimes Against Nature