Wartime strikes: The struggle against the no-strike pledge in the UAW during World War II - Martin Glaberman

Wartime strikes: The struggle against the no-strike pledge in the UAW during World War II - Martin Glaberman

Martin Glaberman's examination of American car industry workers wildcat strike wave, despite their own union's no strike pledge, during World War 2.

Taken from http://www.kommunismus.narod.ru

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Comments

Entdinglichung
Jan 3 2012 10:06

can't find the link to the pdf

Ed
Jan 3 2012 11:05

Bump coz the PDF is now attached..

Entdinglichung
Jan 3 2012 11:08

cheers!

Steven.
Jan 3 2012 11:18

It's great this is now here, this is an excellent book

syndicalist
Jan 3 2012 15:21

Note the number of Klan type wildcats against African-American workers.

The UAW seems to have had the most consistant numbers of wildcats during the war. It certainly one of the more well organized rank-and-file oppositions to the "no strike pledge." The Trotsskyist Schamanites of the Workers Party (Glaberman's party at the time) and the Trotskyist Cannonites of the Socialist Workers Party were in the forefront of the movement. According to SWP writer (and SWP historian of the CIO) Art Preis: "The opposition to the no-strike pledge, led by the Rank and File Caucus, in which the Trotskyists played a big role, piled up 36% of the votes."

Good book, which I read when it first was published. Good to see it on-line for another generation of worker militants/organizers to read.

Chilli Sauce
Jan 3 2012 15:06

Yeah, good call putting this one up Flaneur.

You ever read How to be Idle? It's how I learned what your username means.

flaneur
Jan 3 2012 15:25

No but that looks good. It looks like Lafargue's Right To Be Lazy which I still have to read.

Chilli Sauce
Jan 3 2012 15:32

It's well good, but needs a good critiquing as well. He loves Lafargue, too.

Chilli Sauce
Jan 3 2012 15:32

To be honest, HTBI is probably worth having in the libcom library as well.

Pennoid
Nov 10 2012 10:08

Was this published by a wobbly press? Was Glaberman a card-carrying wobbly? I'm saying because there's a wobbly logo on the copyright-page....

Anyone know if Bewick was a wobbly shop?

Hieronymous
Nov 10 2012 18:50
Pennoid wrote:
Was this published by a wobbly press? Was Glaberman a card-carrying wobbly? I'm saying because there's a wobbly logo on the copyright-page....

Anyone know if Bewick was a wobbly shop?

No, to Marty being a Wobbly. But Marty was friends with the Perlmans, who helped them put it together at the Black & Red print shop in Detroit, which was a Wobbly shop.

syndicalist
Nov 10 2012 19:58
Quote:
Was Glaberman a card-carrying wobbly?

During the period of time that these strikes took place, Marty was a member of the then Trot. Workers Party.

Pennoid
Dec 2 2012 03:53

Ahhh Thanks a lot ya'll!

Entdinglichung
Dec 4 2012 09:48
syndicalist wrote:
Quote:
Was Glaberman a card-carrying wobbly?

During the period of time that these strikes took place, Marty was a member of the then Trot. Workers Party.

the WP people were during that period generally in CIO unions, from which they wanted to develop a "Labor Party" ... their weekly paper 1940-1958 is now completely online and contains many interesting articles about strikes and other struggles (e.g. the sharecroppers movement in Southern Missouri) during the war period: http://marxists.org/history/etol/newspape/laboraction-ny/index.htm

syndicalist
Dec 4 2012 15:51
Entdinglichung wrote:
syndicalist wrote:
Quote:
Was Glaberman a card-carrying wobbly?

During the period of time that these strikes took place, Marty was a member of the then Trot. Workers Party.

the WP people were during that period generally in CIO unions, from which they wanted to develop a "Labor Party" ... their weekly paper 1940-1958 is now completely online and contains many interesting articles about strikes and other struggles (e.g. the sharecroppers movement in Southern Missouri) during the war period: http://marxists.org/history/etol/newspape/laboraction-ny/index.htm

Thanks for the link. Over the years I've seen really crappy copies of individual issues. I look forward to reading the press and about period strikes. And activities of the WP, about their life as an organization.

One thing that's interesting is their journey through Trotskyism ... and some of their members trajectory towards a marxism beyond Trotskyism or into social democracy.

Entdinglichung
Dec 4 2012 16:36

the SWP's The Militant is also online for that period: http://marxists.org/history/etol/newspape/themilitant/index.htm ... written in a bit more boring style than LA but also full of information about strikes