What the growing class struggle in the US reveals about the pseudo-left

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    • #433980
      Ohio Barbarian
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      This is a fairly long, and very accurate, WSWS perspective on American unions and why workers are revolting against them. It also has a sharp critique of organizations like the Democratic Socialists of America and Jacobin magazine, pointing out how they didn’t report on the Volvo strike and the workers’ rejection of the contract negotiated by their worthless union, and why the WSWS thinks that is.

      Since I’m a historian, I’ll post the paragraphs addressing the history of how American unions have gradually stopped representing the interests of their own members over the last 40 years until they’ve reached their current stage of being corrupt, corporate or government unions, not to mention why leftists should not support police unions:

      Beginning in earnest with the defeat of the PATCO air traffic controllers strike nearly 40 years ago, which was deliberately isolated and broken by the AFL-CIO, the unions have worked to ensure a highly regimented and controlled labor force wherever they hold sway, with pay low enough to make US workers “competitive” on an international scale.

      The trade unions have hemorrhaged members throughout this time, both through the destruction of large swaths of jobs in the auto, steel and other industries—which the unions suppressed resistance to—and through the increasing rejection of the unions by workers who have witnessed or suffered through their endless betrayals.

      The inability of the RWDSU to get more than 13 percent of workers at the Amazon Bessemer plant to vote to bring it in is not an expression of a rightward movement of workers. It is, rather, another expression of the same moods that led to massive repudiations of union-backed contracts at Volvo and Frito-Lay.

      The union executives and officials have nonetheless grown rich in the process. Objectively speaking, they have made their way into a different social class than workers, drawing salaries in the low- to mid-hundreds of thousands, placing them in the top 5 or even 1 percent of income earners. They have shifted a growing share of their assets and wealth into the stock market, making them, like their confreres in the pseudo-left, increasingly hostile towards and terrified of any movement of workers that could overturn the low-wage regime on which US corporate profits and inflated share values are based.

      Full article here.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

    • #433982
      GZeusH
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      There are a couple of types of workers where membership in their union is mandatory, and those workers are generally well paid — lawyers and doctors.   If the ABA and the AMA don’t look like unions, well, then maybe unions need to take them as a model of how to organize their workers.

      Corporate America consists of totalitarian entities laser-focused on short-term greed.

      • #433991
        Bernie Boomer
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        might work – as long as the union leadership wasn’t in the pocket of the corporations.

        The AMA and ABA are voluntary associations, not unions. My understanding is that both organizations are geared toward docs and lawyers in private practice (not cogs in a mega-corp like Southwest Medical or a corporate or government law practice), so they don’t really represent the majority in either field.

        • #434001
          closeupready
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          They exercise some control over who can practice medicine and law in which state. Yes, they ARE unions. That it is voluntary whether to join or not makes no practical difference in terms of the unions protecting their members’ interests.

          The opinions and personal views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and should never be taken seriously.

    • #433983
      Stockholmer
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      An increasing number of members of the pseudo-left organizations have made their way into the union hierarchy and the wealth and privileges offered, with perhaps the most prominent recent example being Jesse Sharkey, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, formerly a long-time leading member of the defunct International Socialist Organization, and now the DSA.

      The integration of the pseudo-left into the structure of the unions has coincided with the unions’ own transformation into auxiliaries of the corporations and the state, increasingly unable to conceal their subservience to corporate profits and contempt for workers’ interests.

    • #433999
      doh1304
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      The assault against labor as a concept started long before. My father, a lifelong construction laborer, made (adjusted for inflation) over $!00,000  a year until he was crippled in 1970. I wanted to be a house painter, but he told me the painter’s union was closed – that the WW2 veterans had worked out a deal so that only members could find work,and that the number of available jobs was intentionally limited to the number of union members. This was probably  at least an exaggeration (he was never unemployed for more than two weeks in his life) but he wanted me to go to college. Somehow he believed that the local community college was enough to make me a member of a privileged class. See, I was the son of a soldier – a white middle class man – I should never have to work a day in my life, at least not with my hands. That combination of aspiration and bigotry he learned from the 50s, things like “leave it to beaver” and “on the waterfront”.

      • #434003
        closeupready
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        Went to college, studied arts? To be an artist, make a start? “Studied hard, gettin my degree! But no one seemed to notice me!!” 😉

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    • #434261
      Pam2
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      @closeupready

      Boney M covered that song?! Crazy. I’ve only heard the original version.

      • #434300
        closeupready
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        Such a different feeling – somber and kind of sad, while Boney M was the kind of group which could make even Taps upbeat and danceable, lol. (They sure look like they’re having fun in every video they made…) Trivia for the day: they released that single at a time when painter’s gear (overalls, hats, etc.) were the Look at the mall (remember Three’s Company or Love Boat?) Cheers! @pam2

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    • #434345
      Pam2
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      @closeupready

      I vaguely remember kids at school wearing that stuff now that you mention it.  I did not participate in that trend.

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