Teamster Politicsby Farrell Dobbs
The third of four books on the 1930s strikes, organizing drives, and political campaigns that transformed the Teamsters union in Minnesota and much of the Midwest into a fighting industrial union movement. Written by a leader of the communist movement in the U.S. and organizer of the Teamsters union during the rise of the CIO. Indispensable tools for advancing revolutionary politics, organization, and effective trade unionism.
Teamster Politics tells how rank-and-file Teamsters led the fight against antiunion frame-ups and assaults by fascist goons; the battle for jobs for all; and efforts to advance independent labor political action.
Photos, index. Appendix: "How the Teamsters Union organized independent truckers in the 1930s" by Farrell Dobbs. Now with enlarged type.
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This book, written by the leader of the 1934 Teamsters strikes, and the man who organized the first national organizing drive of over-the-road truckers, Farrell Dobbs, outlines the real life struggle of the Minneapolis Teamsters to maintain their union and build others. Politics meant not supporting Democratic and Republican 'friends of labor,' but fighting for independent working class candidates and a labor party. Politics meant the union reaching out to align itself with the unemployed, with women fighting for their rights, and with the small farmers. This book is a blueprint of the kind of unions we need, unions where the working membership has taken them back from the bureaucrats, and use them as weapons not only in the struggle of the workers who belong, but all the oppressed, unions that will be key to the struggle to wrest power from the rich and put it in the hands of the workers and the farmers.