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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The dissolution of American labor

From the CJ:



WASHINGTON — This is a maddening time for anyone concerned about the lives of working-class Americans. The frustration and anger that suffused AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka's declaration last week that labor would distance itself from the Democratic Party was both clear and widely noted.
Not so widely noted has been a shift in the organizing strategy of two of labor's leading institutions — Trumka's AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union — that reflects a belief that the American labor movement may be on the verge of extinction and must radically change its game.
It took a multitude of Democratic sins and failures to push Trumka to denounce, if not exactly renounce, the political party that has been labor's home at least since the New Deal. In a speech at the National Press Club last week, Trumka said that Republicans were wielding a “wrecking ball” against the rights and interests of working Americans. But Democrats, he added, were “simply standing aside” as the Republicans moved in for the kill.

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