Strike strategy today

Goulet, Tim
http://links.org.au/node/4728

Publisher:  Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal
Date Written:  19/06/2016
Year Published:  2016  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX19654

Why has the use of the strike in the US become so scarce? While subjective factors are more difficult to quantify, certain basic reasons seem more readily evident. Union membership, particularly in the private sector, is at an all-time low. Most of the unions are heavily bureaucratized, and central labor councils ossified. "Sympathy strikes," long ago outlawed by Taft-Hartley, militate against the sort of broad-based solidarity so essential to an industrial victory. Moreover, many unions have accepted no-strike clauses for the duration of their contracts, effectively tying one hand behind their backs.

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