Left Out: Reds and America's Industrial Unions / Edition 1

Left Out: Reds and America's Industrial Unions / Edition 1

by Judith Stepan-Norris, Maurice Zeitlin
     
 

ISBN-10: 052179840X

ISBN-13: 9780521798402

Pub. Date: 10/21/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This study discusses the legacy of the Communists in the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) from the 1930s through the 1950s. How did the Communists win and hold power in the CIO unions, and what did they do with it once they had it? Did they subordinate the needs of workers to those of the Soviet regime? Stepan-Norris and Zeitlin find that Communists were

Overview

This study discusses the legacy of the Communists in the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) from the 1930s through the 1950s. How did the Communists win and hold power in the CIO unions, and what did they do with it once they had it? Did they subordinate the needs of workers to those of the Soviet regime? Stepan-Norris and Zeitlin find that Communists were more egalitarian and most progressive on class, race and gender issues. They were also leading fighters in exemplary workplace struggles to enlarge the freedom and enhance the human dignity of America's workers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521798402
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/21/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

1. The congress of industrial organizations (CIO): left, right, and center; 2. 'Who gets the bird?'; 3. Insurgency, radicalism, and democracy; 4. Lived democracy: UAW local 600; 5. 'Red company unions'?; 6. Rank-and-file democracy and the 'class struggle in production'; 7. Strangers to their own class?; 8. 'Pin money' and 'pink slips'; 9. The 'big 3' and interracial solidarity; 10. The red and the black; 11. Conclusion: an American tragedy; 12. Epilogue: the specter of a 'third labor federation'.

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