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The Eastern Airlines Strike: Accomplishments of the Rank-And-File Machinists and Gains for the Labor Movement Paperback – January 1, 1991
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This is the story of the Machinists union members who did what they said they'd do-- last "one day longer" than Frank Lorenzo, the union-busting CEO of Eastern Airlines. It focuses on the strength the rank-and-file Machinists found they had when they organized together and reached out for support from and giving solidarity to other working people in the United States and around the world.
It also includes an important background article, "Capitalism's March Toward War and Depression," by socialist leader Jack Barnes.
Every worker should read and discuss this book. Help us chart a way forward for the labor movement in the 21st century!
Airline unions had a long tradition of scabbing on each other's strikes - some of the unions (the Teamsters) were openly gangster controlled, the others (TWU, Machinists, Pilots and the various Flight Attendant Unions) were run by weak leaders who's tendency was to be pro company.
The union leaders let the strikers twist slowly in the wind. It wasn't just a defeat for Eastern workers (all of whom lost their jobs and pensions) but for workers in the entire industry. Thirty years later and it's a minimum wage job.
This account is rah rah rah cheerleading propaganda - it is not an honest account of the struggle.
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