Politics of Us Labor The alliance of the industrial labor movement with the Democratic Party under Franklin D Roosevelt has perhaps than any other factor shaped the course of class relations in the United States over th
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Title: Politics of Us Labor
Author: David Milton
The alliance of the industrial labor movement with the Democratic Party under Franklin D Roosevelt has, perhaps than any other factor, shaped the course of class relations in the United States over the ensuing forty years Much has been written on the interests that were thereby served, and those that were coopted In this detailed examination of the strategies pursuThe alliance of the industrial labor movement with the Democratic Party under Franklin D Roosevelt has, perhaps than any other factor, shaped the course of class relations in the United States over the ensuing forty years Much has been written on the interests that were thereby served, and those that were coopted In this detailed examination of the strategies pursued by both radical labor and the capitalist class in the struggle for industrial unionism, David Milton argues that while radical social change and independent political action were traded off by the industrial working class for economic rights, this was neither automatic nor inevitable Rather, the outcome was the result of a fierce struggle in which capital fought labor and both fought for control over government labor policy And, as he demonstrates, crucial to the outcome was the specific nature of the political coalitions contending for supremacy In analyzing the politics of this struggle, Milton presents a fine description of the major strikes, beginning in 1933 1934, that led to the formation of the CIO and the great industrial unions He looks closely at the role of the radical political groups, including the Communist Party, the Trotskyists, and the Socialist Party, and provides an enlightening discussion of their vulnerability during the red baiting era He also examines the battle between the AFL and the CIO for control of the labor movement, the alliance of the AFL with business interests, and the role of the Catholic Church Finally, he shows how the extraordinary adeptness of President Roosevelt in allying with labor while at the same time exploiting divisions within the movement was essential to the successful channeling of social revolt into economic demands.