Left Out: Reds and America's Industrial Unions

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Cambridge University Press, 2003 - Political Science - 375 pages
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From the late 1930s through the mid-1950s, the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) brought together America's working men and women under a united class banner. Of the 38 CIO unions, 18 were 'left-wing' or 'Communist-dominated'. Yet the political struggle between the CIO's 'Communist dominated' and right-leaning unions was immensely divisive and self-destructive. How did the Communists win, hold, and wield power in the CIO unions? Did they subordinate the needs of workers to those of the Soviet regime? The authors of this book, first published in 2002, provide testable answers to these questions with historically specific quantitative analyses of data on the CIO's origins, internal struggles, and political relations. They find that among the CIO unions, the Communists were more egalitarian, the most progressive on class, race, and gender issues, and leading fighters in struggles to enlarge the freedom and enhance the human dignity of America's workers.
  

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Contents

The Congress of Industrial Organizations Left Right and Center
1
Who Gets the Bird?
24
Insurgency Radicalism and Democracy
54
Lived Democracy UAW Ford Local 600
95
Red Company Unions?
121
RankandFile Democracy and the Class Struggle in Production
159
Pin Money and Pink Slips
189
The Big 3 and Interracial Solidarity
212
The Red and the Black
232
Conclusion An American Tragedy
266
Epilogue The Third Labor Federation That Never Was
297
References
328
Author Index
368
Subject Index
370
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