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Sun Feb 3, 2013, 12:24 PM

CPUSA leader turns up the volume on laborís future

(This is a bit of a self-plug too, since I'm the author. )



A key to understanding this time of transition, Marshall said, is to look at the phases that labor struggles have gone through in U.S. history. Just as Eugene Debs took labor to a qualitatively different form by organizing the railroad workers, and William Z. Foster in his turn transformed labor unions with the formation of the T.U.E.L. and the T.U.U.L., eventually bringing the force of industrial unionism to the C.I.O., likewise labor is now looking toward a new form, which Marshall refers to as "big-picture unionism."

In beginning to talk about a changing phase for labor, it is necessary to look at the weakened position of labor, as part of its objective conditions. Offshoring, automation and other changes in manufacturing have put traditional industrial unions at a disadvantage in pursuing tried-and-true methods of bringing improvements to the lives of rank-and-file workers. The old ways of applying pressure to monopoly's profit-seeking have diminished in effectiveness, while the bread-and-butter issues that union members face have hardly diminished.

In "big-picture unionism" the issues that each union faces need to be seen in the context of a global system. Unions must, meanwhile, also look at how forming coalitions with other affected groups outside of their membership can bring wins not only for labor, but also for the local communities affected by the vagaries of capitalism.

This local vs. global approach has the advantage of accumulating force both horizontally and vertically: horizontally along the net of communities that live alongside the union and struggle alongside union families and also vertically along the length of the production supply chain.


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Sun Feb 3, 2013, 06:10 PM

1. Nice Starry......

Good to see you putting something out there, other than DU posts. I'm glad everybody's starting to get international in their thinking. It will be all of us, as a class after all, that brings this rotten system down.

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Sun Feb 3, 2013, 06:35 PM

2. Thanks socialist_n_TN.

I'm going to try to do a bit more this year. It's hard to craft my angry feelings about things into readable prose, lol.

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Sun Feb 3, 2013, 08:55 PM

3. Same here.......

Turning off the anger long enough to analyze a situation rationally and putting together a good article about it is difficult. But to be a scientific socialist you HAVE to do so.

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