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    Leon Trotsky
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While trade unions in the United States continue to weaken as the 21st century opens, a relentless offensive by the . The book begins with Karl Marx's 1866 document "Trade Unions: Their Past, Present, and Future.

While trade unions in the United States continue to weaken as the 21st century opens, a relentless offensive by the employers and the government against wages and working conditions is forcing a small but growing layer of workers-from meat packers across the Midwest, to garment workers in a war production plant in Broward County, FL, to miners in the coal fields.

In other words, the trade unions in the present epoch cannot simply be the organs of democracy as they were in the .

They cannot any longer be anarchistic, . ignore the decisive influence of the state on the life of peoples and classes. Translator’s note: At this point Trotsky left room on the page, to expound further the connection between trade union activity and the Transitional Program of the Fourth International. It is obvious that implied here is a very powerful argument in favor of military training under trade union control.

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trade unions cease to be trade unions in the imperialist epoch.

Featuring Trade Unions: Their Past, Present, and Future by Karl Marx. Relevance to events of today is remarkable. Jock Barnes, veteran New Zealand trade union leader. Introduction by Farrell Dobbs, photos, notes, glossary, index.

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While trade unions in the United States continue to weaken as the 21st century opens, a relentless offensive by the employers and the government against wages and working conditions is forcing a small but growing layer of workers-from meat packers across the Midwest, to garment workers in a war production plant in Broward County, FL, to miners in the. coal fields of Utah-to relearn why trade unions need to be organized where.

At the opening of the 21st century, trade unions in the United States continue to weaken. Additional Information. A smaller percentage of workers are members than a any time since the 1920s. Meanwhile, labour officials finagle mergers to maintain their dues base and pour tens of millions into electing to public office one or another of the candidates of the employers' imperialist parties, thus further weakening the labour movement.

A selection of Leon Trotsky's writings on the trade unions spanning from .

A selection of Leon Trotsky's writings on the trade unions spanning from 1923 to 1940. At the opening of the 21st century, trade unions in the United States continue to weaken. A smaller percentage of workers are members than at any time since the 1920s. Meanwhile, labor officials finagle mergers to maintain their dues base and pour tens of millions into electing to public office one or another of the candidates of employers' imperialist parties, thus further weakening the labor movement. But militant workers resisting employer assaults have begun relearning what a strike is - how a strike is fought, how to reach out for solidarity and extend it to others, how a strike can.

Published 1990 by Pathfinder in New York. Labor unions and communism, International labor activities. 156 p. : Number of pages.

Leon Trotsky, Trade Unions in the Epoch of Imperialist Decay  . Their program is a program of stark reaction

Leon Trotsky, Trade Unions in the Epoch of Imperialist Decay (1940). This analysis holds true today because the system of world imperialism continues. Their program is a program of stark reaction. They repudiate the class struggle in words as well as deeds. They oppose any kind of independent political action.

Food for thought and action from leaders of three generations of the modern revolutionary workers movement. Invaluable to the practical education of militant workers who are relearning today what a strike is and how it can be fought and won militants who, in the course of such struggles, become interested in ideas of fellow unionists about how the entire system of capitalist exploitation can be ended.

Introduction by Farrell Dobbs, photos, notes, glossary, index. Now upgraded with enlarged type.


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Hundreds of thousands of workers across China are on strike today, in Utah unorganized coal miners, mostly immigrants from Mexico and other parts of Latin America, are forcing the coal bosses to recognize new fighting locals of the UMWA, in a body armor factor in Fort Lauderdale near where I live, friends of mine have been involved with fights to join unions. Where I sit and type now, my union job provides me some kind of health care, but I know the bureaucrats who sit on top of it have nothing in common with the fighting workers of China, Utah, or Fort Lauderdale.

This is one of Trotsky's last works, written in Mexico in 1940s, to analyze the position of unions as reformist governments like Cardenas's PRI in Mexico and Roosevelt's New Deal attempted to involve the union bureaucracies and union structures as reformist obstacles to workers struggles for workers rights, against the war drive that led to WWII, and for Mexico's independent from imperialist countries like Britain and the United States.

Trotsky's analysis here is precise, incisive, and scientific, and more useful today that it was in 1940.

The unions must be transformed from organizations that seek only a few priviledges for their members, to fighting units of the fight of all working people. One examples is health care. The incorporation of the union bureaucrats after WWII, led to their dropping the real fight in the US for quality free public health care for all to negotiating contracts for only their members, and now for fewer and fewer union members.

As the unions backed off from being fighting organizations for all of working people, all of the oppressed, they have become easier for the capitalists to pick off, and weaken, fewer and fewer workers now have unions, and the hold of the self serving bureaucrats who sit atop the unions trying to live the life style of the bosses seems complete.

Yet, unions were built by and large by fighting workers in struggle, often as a result of broader struggles of farmers and oppressed nationalities. My own union in the Miami Transit system was built as a reflection of the civil rights struggle in this city in the 1960s that mobilized bus drivers and non skilled workers

This is the perspective the growing crisis of war and economic crisis that plagues not only the US but the entire capitalist world holds. Struggles to return the trade unions to the fight of all working people, battles with the union bureaucrats to bring the unions to a political movement to replace the government of the bosses with a government of workers and farmers.

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While trade unions in the United States continue to weaken as the 21st century opens, a relentless offensive by the employers and the government against wages and working conditions is forcing a small but growing layer of workers--from meat packers across the Midwest, to garment workers in a war production plant in Broward County, FL, to miners in the coal fields of Utah--to relearn why trade unions need to be organized where they don't exist, and defended where they do. These workers are learning how a strike can be fought, how to reach out for solidarity and extend it to others, and how a strike can be won. Through involvement in such struggles, they are becoming interested in ideas about how the entire system of exploitation can be changed. They become open to bolder perspectives.

Fighters like these will be hungry for the lessons presented by revolutionary leaders of three generations of the modern working-class movement found in this new edition of Trade Unions in the Epoch of Imperialist Decay from Pathfinder Press.

The book begins with Karl Marx's 1866 document "Trade Unions: Their Past, Present, and Future." The other major piece is "Trade Unions in the Epoch of Imperialist Decay," one of the last articles written by Russian revolutionary leader Leon Trotsky before he was assassinated in 1940 during his exile in Mexico by orders of Stalin.

Farrell Dobbs, who was a militant leader of the historic 1934 Teamster strikes that built union power in the trucking industry across the Midwest and then became a central leader of the Socialist Workers Party until his death in 1983, contributed valuable prefatory material. Along with this, Pathfinder continues its high standard of including an introduction, notes, photo spreads, glossary, and index to make this material highly accessible to contemporary readers.