Jay Lovestone

Sol Dollinger soldoll at SPAMinreach.com
Mon Nov 15 21:27:20 MST 1999

Dear Xxxx:

I knew the three leading Lovestonites in Flint UAW Chevrolet local 659.
They were Ted LaDuke, Tom Klasey and Melvin Center.  They were part of the
famous strike strategy during the 1937 sitdown strikes.  They tried to
sitdown in Plant 9 and were attacked by Plant police and Pendergast hired
thugs.  Klasey opened a window and called to the Women's Emergency Bridade
that the union members were being tear gassed in the plant.  The Women's
Emergency Brigade armed with clubs then broke all the windows in the plant.

The real action was in the Chevrolet engine plant 4, a half mile away in the
ten plant Chevrolet complex, that employed 4,000 workers making engines for
all of Chevrolet in the U. S.    Plant nine was a union subterfuge.  The
capture of Plant 4 Chevrolet brought GM to the bargaining table and the
signing of the first contract recognizing the UAW as sole bargaining agent.

-----Original Message-----
From: Xxxx Xxxxxx <xxxxxxx at xxxxxx.xx>
To: marxism at lists.panix.com <marxism at lists.panix.com>
Date: Monday, November 15, 1999 6:23 PM
Subject: Jay Lovestone

> I've just been skimming a new biography of Jay Lovestone, the former
>of the Communist Party in the US who, with Irving Howe formed the Communist
>Opposition,  Workers Age and then the Independent Labor League following
>purging from the CP by Stalin over his sympathies with Bukharin.
>What is quite interesting is Lovestone's career after WWII when he became
>operative for the CIA in the AFL and operated his own informal spy agency
>the service of the war against Communism.
>I'm curious if there are any other writing about or by Lovestone that may
>of interest and if anyone on the list has any personal knowledge of or
>experience with the Lovestonites.

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