- Friends, please post and circulate. Thanks, Matt Noyes
1. Articles from the June/July issue of Union Democracy Review
2. New Links: ILA, IBEW, SEIU and more.
3. Rebels, Reformers, and Racketeers
4. AUD is hiring.
1. Articles from Union Democracy Review #151:
The fall of RISE in the Teamsters Union. "Most disturbing is
Stier's conclusion that `we have substantial reliable information
that organized crime again threatens the union.'"
A double miscalculation ended RISE, by Herman Benson "Looking
back now, after four years of effort and an expenditure of fifteen
million dollars, how are we to assess the RISE experience?"
Dockers campaign against ILA master contract, by Marsha Niemeijer and
Carl Biers "Opponents' main complaint is that the contract does
far too little to narrow the gap between the two tiers of longshore
workers, even though their employers, international shipping and
stevedoring companies, are immensely profitable."
ATU drivers win two week strike "The strike was led by members of
the Drivers Coalition, a rank-and-file caucus that organized to
better representation in Amalgamated Transport Union Local 1181."
Internet wins the race in IATSE 600 (internet only) by Matt Noyes
"In April, the insurgent Coalition for a Democratic Union
defeated the incumbent Unite 600 slate, winning all of the positions
for which they ran a candidate, including five of seven national
officers. Both sides attribute CDU's success to three main
Court forces Ironworkers to democratize constitutions. "For
Ironworkers, Judge Kessler's decision was a ringing reaffirmation of
their rights. For the labor movement, it is a reminder of a
persisting family closet scandal."
2. New links:
Voice of the Membership (ILA 333); SEIU 888 Members' Democracy
Campaign; Concerned ILA Rank-and-File members blog and website for
longshore workers; Members for a Stronger Local Union, for IBEW local
26 members; Union Members for a Better Union, for UAW Local 12
members; CDU-TRC Blog for Tennessee carpenters.
3. Rebels, Reformers, and Racketeers: how insurgents transformed the
labor movement, a new book by AUD founder Herman Benson, analyzes
insurgent and reform activity in US unions from the 1950's to the
present. For many of our supporters, it tells their own story.
"Benson is a secular crusader whose passion, advocacy, and
agitation have had a salutary impact on the lives of thousands of
unionists and an indirect impress on many, many tens of thousands
more. His story of the postwar fight for union democracy is an
intrinsically fascinating, important -- and untold one -- and it
merits a wide audience."
--Nelson Lichtenstein, Professor of History University of California,
To read an excerpt online and see the complete table of contents, see
To order, contact AUD aud@....
4. AUD is accepting applications for the new position of assistant
executive director. We are looking for someone has the capability of
moving up to executive director after some experience on the job.
Qualifications include: dedication to building a strong labor
movement and a commitment to civil liberties; strong ability to
communicate AUD's mission; willingness to work for a modest, but
secure, salary with benefits; fundraising/grant writing/experience a
plus; women and people of color encouraged to apply.
Send resume and cover to AUD: 104 Montgomery Street, Brooklyn, New
York, 11225. aud@...