From the late 1930s through the mid-1950s, the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) brought together America's working men and women under a united class banner. Of the 38 CIO unions, 18 were 'left-wing' or 'Communist-dominated'. Yet the political struggle between the CIO's 'Communist dominated' and right-leaning unions was immensely divisive and self-destructive. How did the Communists win, hold, and wield power in the CIO unions? Did they subordinate the needs of workers to those of the Soviet regime? The authors of this book, first published in 2002, provide testable answers to these questions with historically specific quantitative analyses of data on the CIO's origins, internal struggles, and political relations. They find that among the CIO unions, the Communists were more egalitarian, the most progressive on class, race, and gender issues, and leading fighters in struggles to enlarge the freedom and enhance the human dignity of America's workers.Read more
- Uses systematic empirical evidence to answer important historical questions regarding the role of Communists in American unions
- Covers historical ground regarding the aftermath of the Communist unions' expulsion
- Serves as a counterpoint to the distortion of Communists as nothing more than Soviet agents
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- Date Published: December 2002
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521798402
- length: 392 pages
- dimensions: 231 x 155 x 25 mm
- weight: 0.58kg
- contains: 2 b/w illus. 22 tables
- availability: Available
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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