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  •  I just wish the union leadership would realize it (1+ / 0-)
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    An Affirming Flame

    They seem to be the only people on our side who are against a general strike under any circumstances.  They're completely willing to accept defeat.  They're pathetic.

    I'm glad you mentioned the IWW.  They've printed thousands of these: http://www.stufftotweet.com/...

    and have been trying to maintain a presence in Madison, which is tough because there aren't many (maybe 1000 in the world; even at its peak the IWW was never more than 5% of the workforce).  Remember that tractorcade the other weekend?  Organized by a Wobbly.  They're about to do a quick tour of the region (Wisconsin + Minneapolis and Chicago) and are definitely all about making sure the union leaders follow the will of the people to fight using ALL of our weapons.

    There's no illusion that this is The Revolution or anything like that; but only for a lack of understanding of what is possible, which the IWW is trying to take this opportunity to provide.

    FW 365532

    •  Solidarity from one Wobbly to another ;-) (1+ / 0-)
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      RanDomino

      We know the trade unions' leadership are always going to try to rein in the militancy of the workers and channel it into useless campaigns within the system, like recalls.  We have to fight to keep that militancy alive and encourage it, further it.  Hopefully the workers (union and non-union) can lead a groundswell for more radical, industrial action - and then the unions' leadership can either jump on the bandwagon or get swept aside.

      Between excessive citizen activism and excessive trust or passivity, the former is far preferable to the latter. - Glenn Greenwald

      by An Affirming Flame on Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 03:44:09 PM PDT

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