History of Labor Struggles - McCarthyism to the present day - Subterranean Fire Study Group

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Kimmel, 60 Washington Sq South, NYC

Subterranean Fire Study Group
Thursday 7:00pm at NYU Kimmel Center
60 Washington Square South [btw Thompson & Laguardia: driver's license usu. req`d]
Public ยท By Paul Heideman facebook.com/paul.heideman.102

Thursday will be the final installment of our Subterranean Fire study group. We will be discussing the last third of the book, which covers the period after McCarthyism to the present day. This is the period of labor's decline, as the number of workers in unions steadily declined, and most unions came to be run by a conservative bureaucracy, hostile to the activity of rank and file workers and contemptuous of the new social movements of the 1960s. Understanding labor's downwards trajectory in this period is crucial to understanding the period we are now in - when fewer workers are in unions than any point since the early 20th century.

This period is not without bright spots, however, from the wildcat postal service strikes in the 1960s to the rank and file reform efforts of the 70s and 80s. These struggles contain important lessons for those of us today trying to build a renewed working class fightback. Join us for a discussion of all this and more!