After a Long Defeat, Labor Is Rising from the Ashes

Source: In These Times
by Stephen Franklin

“His voice read despair and his face defeat. He had been beaten down as a vet coming home from Vietnam, and now he and his union were beaten again. When, he wondered, are the defeats going to end? The vet and unionist was slowly taking down a picket station that the United Auto Workers (UAW) had set up in Peoria, Ill., during its heartbreaking battle with Caterpillar. After four years of running strikes from 1991 to 1995, the union had grudgingly accepted the company’s original offer, suffering a deep emotional and organizational wound. It was the 1990s and organized labor seemed impaled on a death spiral.” (11/17/23)