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Labor Strikes, Once Blunted by GOP and Corporations, are Back and Shaping Public Policy


#1

Labor Strikes, Once Blunted by GOP and Corporations, are Back and Shaping Public Policy

John Buell

If President Trump does try to start back up the government shutdown this month, he may face an insuperable obstacle. Just days before the (temporary?) ending of the government shutdown long time left scholar and activist Barbara Ehrenreich and former Teamster organizer Gary Stevenson urged TSA workers to go out on strike.


#2

“When the professional air traffic controllers went on strike early in the presidency of Ronald Reagan, he ordered the firing of these workers and their replacement by military air traffic controllers.”

Correct me if I am wrong, but isn’t that an example of what the GOP considers a thoroughly unacceptable action characteristic of “socialism”?


#3

Few more years and the MSM might even start reporting on strikes and labor movements. Over 70,000 workers have been out on a wildcat strike in Matamoros, Mexico but, if it wasn’t for WSWS (wsws.org), you would almost never know it. It might make the news when American layoffs start due to a lack of auto parts but they’ll “blame” the strikers.


#4

The primary institution responsible for “blunting strikes”, for keeping the working class de-mobilized is the Democratic Party and Liberals.


#5

It’s both dumb dumb parties