A Brief History of the MN Farmer-Labor Party

Minnesota Farmer Labor PartyMinnesota’s Farmer-Labor Party was the most successful labor party in United States history. Starting in 1918, it was a labor party in the true sense, not just a “pro-labor” party. It was a political federation of labor unions. The Minnesota Farmer-Labor Association, a grouping of associated unions and farmers, provided the organic connection between labor and the party. Before the party merged with the Democrats in 1944, they had elected three governors, four U.S. Senators, and eight members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

From "Discussions with Trotsky"

 In this selection, taken from two days of discussion with Leon Trotsky and the leaders of the SWP, Trotsky explains the need for a non-sectarian approach to the Stalinist workers and criticizes a narrow trade union approach to the party.

1st US Edition of Bolshevism

 New from Wellred USA!  The first US edition of Bolshevism: The Road to Revolution by Alan Woods.  This monumental 500+ page study of the history of growth and development of Bolshevism demolishes the myths of both Stalinist and pro-capitalist historians of the Russian Revolution.  Order your copy online from Wellred USA now and save $4 off the cover price.

Lessons of the 1997 Teamster Strike at UPS (Part 2)

UPS 1997 StrikeThe 1997 Teamster strike against UPS was not simply a victory, but a smashing victory for the US working class and therefore offers many valuable lessons for today’s labor militants, both with respect to the strategic orientation and the day-to-day tactics. UPS is a “Fortune 500” company, meaning it is one of the most profitable in the nation, boasting of a $1.15 billion profit margin prior to the strike.  In 1992, the workforce was evenly divided between full-time and part-time workers, but by 1996, part-timers had increased to 61 percent and were only paid between $8 and $9 per hour.

Lessons of the 1997 Teamster Strike at UPS – Part 1

1997 UPS StrikeIn 1997, Ron Carey, President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), led the union to a smashing victory against United Parcel Service (UPS) by waging a militant strike, wrenching at least $1 billion in concessions from the company for the duration of the 5-year contract.  The Teamsters estimated the real value of the gains, won entirely at the expense of UPS profits, ranged as high as $5 billion.  Particularly noteworthy is the fact that this monumental achievement was waged in the context of a series of devastating labor defeats on a national level, including one concessionary contract after another, where workers lost ground so that corporations could raise their profits.  And it was waged at a time when most of the high-ranking labor officials had signed off on the notion that “strikes don’t work anymore.”