Why I am voting for Nader

Norman Mikalac mikalac at SPAMworldnet.att.net
Mon Aug 28 14:57:39 MDT 2000


> After my talk I was asked to give my views on labor today.  I called
> attention to the antilabor legislation on the books for five decades.  The
> removal of this legislation that has hog-tied the unions is a political act
> that can only come about by a Labor Party.

with reference to the above passage, i would like to know where i can
find the specific antilabor legislation of which you speak.

thank you for your kind attention.

norm


"Soldoll at inreach.com" wrote:
>
> I am one of the founders of the Socialist Union of America, better known as
> the Cochran group.  For six years the editorial expression of the American
> Socialist represented the views of Bert Cochran, Harry Braverman and George
> Clarke. They sought to expand socialist ideas by attempting to unify the
> left around non- sectarian concepts. To a small degree they succeeded
> because they adopted their organizational concepts to the era in which they
> worked.
>
> No one knows how these Marxists would have responded to the new century and
> the problems they faced but as a friend of Bert Cochran for  four decades I
> do not believe his response in 2000 would be the same as it was in the 50's.
>
> In 1991, My wife and I became a charter members of the Labor Party. My wife,
> Genora Dollinger, and I had seen the retrogression of thinking and action by
> the union movement saddled everywhere by complacent union bureaucracies.
>
> Under the leadership of Tony Mazzocchi and like minded leaders in labor they
> obtained the endorsements from  1 and 1/2 million affiliated union members
> and the support of five international unions.  The Labor Party leadership in
> convention decision of over a thousand delegates abstained from the 2000
> elections to prevent our becoming an electoral sect like so many socialist
> groups.
>
> Abstention was in recognition of the pitiful level of political
> consciousness on the part of the  union leadership.  They didn't respond to
> the  foremost political program thrashed out at the convention.  We have
> waited so long for the unions in the industrial sector to move and concluded
> we should wait for another turn of the screw.
>
> The arrival of the Greens with Nadir as presidential candidate was an
> opportunity to break open the log jam and change the political landscape.
> The reaction of Steven Yokich, President of the UAW and James R. Hoffa
> President of the Teamsters union showed some  political cracks.  Yokich
> threatened the Democrats by meeting with Nader and suggesting that the UAW
> take a fresh look at his candidacy. Yokich did this with a reasoned
> presentation sent to all UAW locals.
>  Eventually, Yokich endorsed Gore but the Yokich early stance sent shivers
> through the Democrat Party, Hoffa  has still not made an endorsement and met
> with Nader at a press conference to urge the election commission to allow
> Nader into the debates.
>
> The union developments presage further movement when and if the economy
> turns south. In the meanwhile Nader helps prepare the way. His recent
> meeting in Portland attracted a turn-away crowd of 10,000.  No sect of the
> left could  have done  this in this period. Nader gives a class conscious
> talk and he is a legend in fighting corporate wealth.
>
> Nader and the Greens, are  they the end result of a process now underway?  I
> don't think so.
>
> When on a book tour for my book, Not Automatic-- Women and the Left in
> Forging Auto Workers' Unions, I was invited to speak at a Detroit UAW local
> union.
>

>
> I called attention to the meetings of the Greens in coffee houses and their
> campaign for five million dollars. I contrasted this with ten thousand union
> halls across the country with thousands of union locals with their own union
> publications.  While  Nader scrounges for finances, a union supported Labor
> Party would start with a minimum of thirty five million dollars, and that
> would be a conservative estimate.
>
> I am reminded of a letter that Frederick Engels wrote to an American
> Socialist in the last century in which he said a single step forward of the
> mass movement is better than 100 correct programs. That is why I am voting
> for Ralph Nader.





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