Why I am voting for Nader

Soldoll@SPAMinreach.com soldoll
Mon Aug 28 16:31:20 MDT 2000


Dear Norm;

 You can find the information on the Taft Hartley bill and the Landrum
Griffen act on the internet.

One of the most egregious provisions of Taft Hartley was the banning of
secondary boycotts.

Sol
----- Original Message -----
From: "Norman Mikalac" <mikalac at worldnet.att.net>
To: <marxism at lists.panix.com>
Sent: Monday, August 28, 2000 1:42 PM
Subject: Re: Why I am voting for Nader


> > 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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