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    ZhenRen, shaharazade

    agree with Zinn. Gompers was not exactly what I would call a democratic union kind of guy. Neither was John Mitchell.

    The difference then was that workers were so beat down that they had little to loose by striking. They had little to loose by defying their leaders. Local leaders were better fighters in those days, and if they weren't they got the boot.

    The miners lost everything, even their homes, when they went on strike. But the shacks in the company towns weren't much better then tents anyway.

    Bottom line: workers were so impoverished and beat down in those days that they had little to loose by going out on strike.

    Perhaps we will have to get to that place before we are willing to fight back. Both political parties seem bent on taking us to that place.

    WE NEVER FORGET For March: Francis Estep, UMWA Martyr

    by JayRaye on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 04:29:22 PM PDT

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