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Why Did So Many Workers Vote for Walker?

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Bill Leumer

Introduction By Bill Leumer In the wake of a major setback for organized labor, because of its failure to unseat rabid anti-union Wisconsin Governor Walker, many in the labor movement have offered their various diagnoses to explain the defeat. Most gravitate around the convenient excuse that labor was vastly outspent by the right wing. We […]

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The Fightback Campaign Stirring Within the Labor Movement

Bill Leumer

Bill Leumer (Remarks made by Bill Leumer at the Emergency Labor Meeting in Cleveland, Ohio, March 5, 2011.) Bill Leumer was a member of International Association of Machinists Local 565 for 15 years and President of the local for 10 years. He also was a Teamster for over 15 years, much of that time as a Steward. Bill is […]

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Teamster Head Ron Carey Repudiates Charges at D.C. Hearing Bill Leumer (1998)

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Defending Carey goes hand in hand with this defense of the members’ right to choose their leadership. The two can’t be separated. The stakes are high. Either we have a democratic union, the only kind that can be turned into what Carey and the membership want and need as “a fighting force for workers,” or […]

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In Defense of Student Activists

Bill Leumer

In December 2009, eleven student activists at San Francisco State University (SFSU) occupied the business building on campus, preventing classes from being held for one day. Such occupations have occurred on other campuses, including U.C. Berkeley and U.C. Santa Cruz, as a result of students protesting cuts to public education throughout the state of California […]

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The Real Reason The Big Three Are Failing!

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Bill Leumer

he failure of a particular industry is consequently not entirely rooted in the industry itself. Given the competitive nature of the system, when the economy turns bad, some industries will fail regardless of the quality of their management. So while one can blame the Big Three for various decisions, these missteps were only bad in […]

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Ron Carey: Class Struggle Teamster Leader Dies At 72

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Bill Leumer

On December 12, 2008, the Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU), a reform caucus in the Teamsters Union, sent out the following message announcing the death of Ron Carey. Ron Carey, the message stated, “was the first Democratically Elected Teamster President Remembered As A Corruption Fighter And Vindicated Reformer. “Ron Carey, a former UPS driver and […]

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Betrayal and Disgrace in the Canadian Auto Parts Industry

Bill Leumer

The union officials have agreed, for example, to eliminate shop stewards, the people who are usually elected by the workers in each department so that when a worker or the union believes he or she has a grievance against the company, the shop steward is informed in order to trigger the grievance process. Instead, there […]

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Lecciones de la huelga de UPS de 1997

Bill Leumer

A Spanish translation of Lessons of the 1997 Teamsters Strike at UPS. En 1997, Ron Carey, Presidente del International Brotherhood of Temaster (IBT), sindicato de camioneros, dirigía un sindicato que consiguió una victoria arrolladora contra United Parcel Service (UPS) en una huelga militante, lograron arrancar concesiones valoradas en unos 1.000 millones de dólares y un […]

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Trade Union Perspectives

Bill Leumer

“So the question is: How do we move forward and organize the discontent in order to build unity and allow class interests to be fought for?”

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Lessons of the 1997 Teamster Strike at UPS

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Bill Leumer

“After decades of corruption among the top ranks of the Teamsters’ union, the U.S. government stepped in and presented these union officials, who were alleged to have violated federal anti-racketeering laws, an offer they could not refuse. The government allowed them to sign a “consent decree” which would exempt them from prosecution, but with the […]

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The Real Vietnamese Revolutionaries: A Review of The Revolution Defamed

Bill Leumer

This book is a ‘must read’ for Marxists who want to study the relation of revolutionary theory to revolutionary practice.

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Book Review: The Revolution Defamed: A Documentary History of Vietnamese Trotskyism

Bill Leumer

This volume contains the defaming of these courageous Trotskyists by Ho Chi Minh. In a series of letters sent to the Stalinist cadre, Ho Chi Minh accused the Trotskyists of being in league with, and in the pay of, the Japanese imperialists and of sabotaging the workers’ movement, and he concluded with this dire directive: […]

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Book Review: Fatherland or Mother Earth? By Michael Lowy

Bill Leumer

Lowy’s book consists of a collection of his essays that date back to 1974. The book is a “Notebook for Study and Research” prepared by the IIRE to which Lowy is a fellow. The IIRE and Lowy are associated with the centrist (sometimes revolutionary, more often not) Fourth International (FI). In this short review, while […]

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Book Review: America Needs a Raise

Bill Leumer

Book by AFL-CIO head Sweeney reveals same old failed policies
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