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15747Lund, Sheppard and Miah call on workers to leave US AFL-CIO

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  • bobgould987
    Mar 31, 2005
      Caroline Lund, Malik Miah and Barry Sheppard say US unionists should
      leave the AFL-CIO and the existing trade unions

      By Bob Gould

      In response to a question at a smallish session of the Asia-Pacific
      Solidarity Conference in Sydney at Easter, 2005, Caroline Lund said US
      unionists should leave the AFL-CIO and the existing unions and form
      new ones, and she hoped that idea would resonate in Australia.

      Lund and Malik Miah have elaborated that point of view in an article
      in Links, which appeared at the conference. On the front page of
      Links, the article is called, Towards Independent Unions in USA, and
      to make the point clear, in the contents page it's listed as:
      Independent Unions: The Way Forward for US Labor.

      I start this by underlining that I have a certain respect for Barry
      Sheppard, Miah and Lund. In the 1980s, as part of an internal struggle
      in the increasingly authoritarian US SWP, after a long period of their
      lives as political full-timers, these three comrades were persuaded to
      "go into industry" and they have stayed there ever since, even after
      departing from the US SWP. Sheppard has now passed retirement age, but
      the other two are still in industrial jobs.

      A person like Lund, who is still working and industrially and
      politically active in the intense and difficult conditions of a motor
      car plant, nudging the age of 60, is worthy of considerable respect
      and serious consideration of her views.

      Respect, however, for serious socialist militants, involves taking up
      their ideas sharply when they are wrong, and I consider the views
      expressed in the Links article by Lund and Miah deeply mistaken,
      particular given the current political conjuncture, with the attacks
      on the organised working class taking place in the US and elsewhere,
      including Australia.

      In sum, these three musketeers argue that the trade union bureaucracy
      in the US, and by inference in Australia, is by now so corrupt and its
      power over the unions so total, that any perspective of reforming
      existing unions is futile and militant unionists should campaign,
      whenever it becomes at all possible, to decertify existing unions and
      form smaller, independent unions.

      They believe the future lies with small, independent unions that can
      then co-operate with each other.

      Full: http://members.optushome.com.au/spainter/LundMiah.html
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