Saturday, June 19 in NYC: Labor’s Great Upsurge: the 1930s rising of the U.S. labor movement

The Marxist School for Theory and Struggle presents a class on…

Saturday, June 19, 3 p.m.
55 West 17 St. 5 fl.

Hear Shelley Ettinger discuss:

* The last mass rising of the U.S. labor movement was in the 1930s, during the Great Depression. The working class was in motion on a vast scale, from coast to coast, in every industry. Strikes. Sit-downs. Marches. Shut-downs.

* How did the workers organize and what did they win?

* What concessions was the capitalist state forced to make?

* What is the legacy, what are the lessons, of that labor upsurge?

* In this current economic crisis, in the face of the current wave of unemployment and home foreclosures, how can the working class become once again a fighting force to drive back the bosses’ attack?

Suggested background reading: Labor’s Untold Story by Boyer and Morais.

Shelley Ettinger, a union member for over 30 years, was in the leadership of strikes by public transit workers in Ann Arbor, Mich., and clerical workers at New York University. In 1986 she co-founded the Lesbian and Gay Labor Network; in 1987 she co-chaired the first LGBT-labor solidarity rally at AFL-CIO headquarters and, along with Cesar Chavez, was the labor speaker at the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights and Action on AIDS. She is a member of AFT Local 3882, which she has represented as a delegate to the New York City Central Labor Council. She has written on labor issues for Workers World newspaper, making reporting/solidarity trips to support the Hormel strikers in Austin, Minn., strikers and locked-out workers at Caterpillar, Goodyear and A.E. Staley in Peoria and Decatur, Ill.,and Detroit newspaper strikers. She has traveled to Cuba with the U.S.-Cuba Labor Exchange.


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