by Alex N. Press published in Jacobin
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Posted 750 days ago
Press's review of the Taft-Hartley act was what stood out to me the most:
The Taft-Hartley Act, passed in 1947 to quell mass worker rebellion, prohibits some of labor’s most important weapons while enshrining those of the bosses into law. Secondary strikes, by which, for example, workers can refuse to transport goods produced by facilities where other workers are on strike, are outlawed, limiting the solidarity across sectors that is central to countering employer power.
Even if you don't believe in unions or strikes or whatever, you have to consider why on earth would there be an actual law against worker solidarity. Like if a meat packing plant is treating its workers unfairly so they go on strike, it's literally illegal for me to refuse to transport the meat from that facility? That's kind of crazy when you think about it. Who actually had the support to write this into law?
Other than that, the piece references Jane McAlevey, a well-known labor organizer that Jacobin interviewed in this Youtube show that I reviewed: