Activists hope for a ‘mass party of labor’

At Hugh Giordano’s election night party in Philadelphia, there were two volunteers from this effort present, collecting signatures.  Incidentally, the numbers for Hugh’s race are wrong in the article below.  He actually got about 18 percent of the vote and came in about 2 percent behind the Republican.  Now, from the website In Defence of Marxism:

Unfortunately, the labor movement leaders did not offer any alternative to voting for the parties of the rich. Instead, they called on workers to vote “against” the Tea Party Republicans, or for “worker friendly” or “union-endorsed” candidates. These were all just code words for “vote Democrat.” But understanding how disillusioned workers are with the jobs situation and the Democrats’ impotence on that front, they could not call directly for a vote for that party. This is an important change in approach, as it shows that the union leaders fear losing control of the rank and file.

There was one independent labor candidate, Brett Bursey, in South Carolina, who ran for the state House of Representatives and received 3.1% of the vote. Bursey was the first candidate run by the newly re-launched South Carolina Labor Party. He would have almost certainly received a larger vote if the SC Labor Party had run more candidates and appealed for support from the national labor movement. But it seems clear that they were getting pressure from the top labor leaders not to run a more aggressive campaign, as they are intimately tied with the Democrats in Washington, DC. Hopefully, the SCLP will run him and others in the future, and will see this election as a first step and an example for the rest of the country.

In addition, Hugh Giordano, a Philadelphia area labor organizer who ran on the Green Party ticket, lost to the Democrat but came in second, ahead of the Republican, with over 20% of the vote.  Philadelphia has a larger and stronger labor movement than South Carolina, which in part explains his higher vote total…

The members and supporters of the Workers International League are fighting for these policies in our unions, schools and workplaces. As a part of this effort, we have launched the Campaign for a Mass Party of Labor, and invite those who agree with its aims to join the campaign and help make such a party a reality. This may be a long, tough fight, but the only alternative is not to resist. One thing is for sure; if there is no resistance, there will be much more suffering ahead, because the sick American capitalist system demands it.

2 thoughts on “Activists hope for a ‘mass party of labor’

  1. Jacob Richter

    This organization is hypocritical in its rhetoric of labourism and supporting the Green party in the meantime. Besides, worker-class movements historically have been strong because of strong socialist parties, not because of bread-and-butter labour parties tied at their backs to backward trade union bureaucracies.

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