[Marxism] Fwd: The U.S. doesn’t have a strong third party, and it hurts labor unions the most - The Washington Post

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Aug 12 05:42:52 MDT 2016

U.S. unions seemed to get the better deal at the time, but the New Deal 
coalition was ultimately a “barren marriage.“ As a junior partner within 
the Democratic Party, labor focused on its “inside game” of influencing 
sympathetic allies to win reforms. Whatever bargains it could win thus 
appeared not as broad gains for workers, but as payoffs to a narrow 
Democrat “special interest.” By contrast, Canadian labor’s electoral 
threat combined with worker mobilization created a bargaining process to 
enforce industrial peace, one that even labor’s opponents understood the 
value of maintaining. This ensured a more legitimate Canadian labor law 
regime that strengthened over time.


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