Teamster Rebellion

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The 1934 strikes that built the industrial union movement in Minneapolis and helped pave the way for the CIO, recounted by a central leader of that battle.

This is the first in a four-volume series on the class-struggle leadership of the strikes and organizing drives that transformed the Teamsters union in much of the Midwest into a fighting social movement and pointed the road toward independent labor political action.

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Overview

The 1934 strikes that built the industrial union movement in Minneapolis and helped pave the way for the CIO, recounted by a central leader of that battle.

This is the first in a four-volume series on the class-struggle leadership of the strikes and organizing drives that transformed the Teamsters union in much of the Midwest into a fighting social movement and pointed the road toward independent labor political action.

Introduction by Jack Barnes, two 12-page photo sections and other photos, index. Appendix: List of Original Strike Committee of 100 as it appeared in Local 574's files. Now with enlarged type.

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The focus of the narrative in this volume is on the victorious Minneapolis General Strike of 1934, a catalyst in the historic rise of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), and on the lessons of the strike for labor and political organizing. Also available in Spanish, French, Swedish, and Farsi editions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873489737
  • Publisher: Pathfinder Press GA
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Series: The Teamster Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 258
  • Sales rank: 1,454,434

Table of Contents

About the author 9
Acknowledgments 11
1 The making of a revolutionary 13
2 Seeds of revolt 24
3 Plan of battle 34
4 The opening wedge 46
5 General mobilization 59
6 Organizing the strike 74
7 Warfare begins 81
8 Trickery in the negotiations 98
9 The strike resumes 117
10 Bloody Friday 136
11 Military strikebreaking 159
12 War of attrition 181
13 Local 574 wins 197
Appendix 214
Index 215
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2004

    ¡ este libro ya está disponible en español !

    Rebelión Teamster Primera edición en español FARRELL DOBBS Las huelgas de 1934 que forjaron el movimiento sindical industrial en el Medio Oeste norteamericano y ayudaron a allanar el camino para el ascenso del Congreso de Organizaciones Industriales (CIO), relatadas por un dirigente central de esas batallas. El primero en una serie de cuatro tomos sobre el liderazgo de lucha de clases de las huelgas y campañas de sindicalización que transformaron el sindicato de los Teamsters en gran parte de esa región en un movimiento social combativo y señalaron el camino hacia la acción política independiente de la clase obrera. Incluye una nueva introducción a la edición en español por Jack Barnes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2003

    This Book Could Change Your Life

    In rereading this book I was struck by what a wonderful thing it was that these rank and file workers were able to change history by creating, out of their struggle, an example of revolutionary unionism. It was wonderful for them and is wonderful for us, because it shows what we can do today. This book also tells the story of how Farrell Dobbs learned that he could trust in both the fighting capacity of the working class and the leadership capabilities of its vanguard. Through powerful examples Dobbs describes the dog-eat-dog viciousness of capitalism and contrasts it with the desire on the part of young fighters to break through the backstabbing and open up a road to workers¿ solidarity. This book could change your life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2002

    a must for any union fighter

    Dobbs, a leader of the 1934 Minneapolis Teamster strike, which became a citywide general strike, tells its story. The battles with the companies, cops, strike breakers, and their hangers-on are told with masterful effect. It also shows the rising industrial unions as organizations of working-class struggle, taking on the employers and its government. But the real gem at the heart of this tale is how the unfolding struggle transformed ordinary workers, including Dobbs himself, into extraordinary fighters, thinkers, and revolutionary leaders.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2002

    Workers can win

    To any working person who wants to know how to fight the bosses and win, you have to read this book. The author, Farrell Dobbs, was born into a working-class family in Missouri in 1907, worked his way into a management job, started his own business, and hoped to go to law school and become a judge. But his plans were cut short by the great depression of the 1930s. In 1933, he found himself working in a Minneapolis coal yard and met coworkers who asked him to join an effort to organize the workers into a branch of the Teamsters union. The rest is history. In 1934, Dobbs played a central role as the members of Teamsters Local 574 carried out a series of three dramatic strikes that succeeded in making Minneapolis a union town. To do this, they had to battle the boss-led Citizens Alliance, the police, the top Teamster bureaucrats, as well as a 'friend of labor' Governor, who talked out of both sides of his mouth. This book gives a blow-by-blow account of all of this, and is a real handbook for how to conduct a strike effectively. Key to their victory was a union leadership that included members of the Communist League of America, a revolutionary socialist group, which later became the Socialist Workers Party, which Dobbs joined and led on a national level for decades.

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