[Marxism] More on the TWU dissidents

Greg Dunkel gdunkel at mindspring.com
Sun Jan 22 12:54:50 MST 2006

TWU100 was split on the contract, witness the vote.  But they weren't 
split on the strike  -- the MTA claimed that 1,000 members scabbed 
during the strike but I think they included everyone who was on vacation 
in that figure. Even assuming their figure, less than 3% of union 
members scabbed.

This is a strong figure in face of the viciously anti-union, anti-labor 
Taylor Law that is stacked against labor and has almost no restrictions 
on management.

The bourgeoisie in New York, the center of US finance capital, would 
like to smash TWU100 but they don't want to risk a strike that would 
shut NYC down.

In general, I think it is more important to focus on unity and how to 
build it in the labor movement than in splits in a particular union.


Jon Flanders wrote:
> On Fri, 2006-01-20 at 23:40 -0500, Yoshie Furuhashi wrote:
>> Lou, thanks for the postings.  Complicated internal politics!  
> That's something I would like to know more about myself. While the vote
> definitely shows a radicalization of the rank and file, I have to wonder
> about the strategy of the opposition.
> It is one thing to oppose a contract. It is another to take a union out
> on strike when it is split down the middle 50-50. To even get to a
> situation where the sentiment has shifted overwhelmingly in favor will
> require some very shrewd tactical thinking.
> ....
> Jon Flanders

More information about the Marxism mailing list