By Farrell Dobbs

The second one of 4 books at the Thirties moves, organizing drives, and political campaigns that remodeled the Teamsters union in Minnesota and masses of the Midwest right into a struggling with business union circulate. Written by means of a pace-setter of the communist circulation within the U.S. and organizer of the Teamsters union in the course of the upward thrust of the CIO. critical instruments for advancing progressive politics, association, and potent alternate unionism.

Teamster Power describes the expansion and consolidation of the Teamsters union in Minneapolis and its class-struggle management, and the 11-state over-the-road organizing crusade that introduced union strength for the 1st time to a lot of the Midwest.

12-page photograph sections and different pictures, map, index

additionally on hand in: Spanish

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If that had proved to be the case, attacks of the kind could gradually have been extended to include other victims. The Communist Partι which had by then become com­ pletely Stalinized, had itself been the author of its isola­ tion from the mass movement. A combination of u1traleft policies and blind factionalism had caused the CP to Trots­ ky-bait the Local 574 strike leaders during the conflict with the employers. To the embattled workers this seemed much like the red-baiting carried on by the bosses, and the Stalinists came to be looked upon as enemies of the union.

They also began to learn about the program, strategy, and tactics required to achieve that revolutionary goal. It should be noted in passing that loya1ty to a program does not always lead automatically to full acceptance of the organizational responsibilities involved. There are cases where organizational derelictions will occur on the part of otherwise loyal individuals. Yet they will remain capable of important contributions to the move­ ment despite that weakness. An astute leadership will keep the latter factor in mind and endeavor to draw the Class-struggle policy 59 given individuals into activity so far as possible.

They were Grant, Miles, and V. R. (Ray) Dunne, Carl Skoglund and myself-all members of the Communist League. These fìve plus Bill Brown, the union president, were looked upon by most rank and fìlers as the real central leadership of the union. When the bosses forced another strike upon the work­ ers in July, Local S74 entered the most critical phase of the conflict. It had become imperative that all union matters be competently handled: policy decisions, picketing, ne­ gotiations-everything. Fortunately the local's internal situation had by then progressed to a point where the required measures could be taken.

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