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U.S. Unionism and the Lack of Militancy

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Cross-posted from The Ghost of Tom Joad.

Michael Hillard writes about the decline of union militancy in the United States since the 1940s:

A key factor explaining the decline of labor militancy since the halcyon days of the 1930s and 1940s has been American employers’ virulent repression of labor militancy and unions per se that transformed the character of American labor as an institution as well as U.S. workers’ political culture, and made such basic tools of labor militancy as a legal strike a suicidal act.

As well as the decline of influence by the Communist Party USA (not that it would have mattered by World War II due to their shabby politics).

It’s a sad state to be a shop steward and union worker in the U.S. (and frustrating).

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2 Comments
  1. Monday, June 1, 2009 7:21 am

    The CP tied the unions to the Democratic Party, and smashed the idea of a party of labor. It is still the policy today.

  2. Monday, June 1, 2009 1:54 pm

    Yeah, that does suck. However, during the 1930s, especially in Alabama, the party was quite militant and took an anti-racist stand. Unlike today.

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