BBQ, BEER & CONVERSATION ABOUT RADICAL LABOR HISTORY:
When: Sunday, August 17 at 1:00pm
Where: 1127 NW 63rd St. Apt. C, Seattle 98107
FEATURING ANNE MACKIE: a former UPS driver and Editor of the 1970s rank and file newspaper UPSurge, will share experiences as a revolutionary socialist building a movement within the Teamsters Union. As a member of Teamsters Local 407 in Cleveland and a founding member of Teamsters for a Decent Contract (1974) and Teamsters for a Democratic Union (1976) Anne was a leader in the national movement that took on the biggest company in the shipping industry and laid the foundations of solidarity and militancy necessary to take on the corrupt Teamsters Union.
Join us to hear a first hand account of this rich history: Since the height of the social movements of the 1960′s and early 1970′s, the U.S. labor movement has faced some 40 years of attacks. The ruling 1% aims to continue the mostly one-sided employers offensive and would like to bury once and for all the radical history of the U.S. working class.
However, our side, the 99%, has much to learn from labor’s radical past. One such period with abundant lessons is the struggle of trucking industry workers and their union, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) in the 1970′s. In the face of trucking companies spurred by consolidation, implementing new technologies and later industry deregulation, workers rebelled.
One such rebellion unfolded at United Parcel Service. Led by members of the International Socialists — a small revolutionary socialist organization at the time — democratic, rank-and-file organizations like UPSurge at UPS and later the national Teamsters for a Democratic Union asserted the idea of building union power from the bottom up.
Contact Darrin at 206-550-1609 with any questions.
*Unrest at Big Brown: In the fifth article in an occasional series on the history of United Parcel Service and workers’ resistance to Big Brown, Joe Allen describes how increasing bitterness toward management translated into rank-and-file protest directed at both UPS and the Teamsters union. LINK
*Roots of a rank-and-file revolt: Joe Allen uncovers an important document about developments in the working class movement half a century ago–with lessons activists can apply today. LINK
*A wake-up call for business: “Part-time America isn’t working” was the slogan of the 1997 Teamsters strike at UPS, and it reflected the mood of millions forced to make ends meet on part-time wages. The first major national strike of its kind in 25 years, the 15-day strike gained widespread public support and showed that one of the most profitable and mean-spirited companies in the country could be taken on–and beaten. This editorial originally appeared in the September 12, 1997 issue of Socialist Worker, after the strike had ended. LINK
*Toward a renewal of the labor movement: US labor after the Chicago teachers’ strike LINK