The United Electrical Workers was one of America’s mightiest unions. Many leaders were leftists who challenged corporate power, so UE was decimated by McCarthyism. The union survived and UE's model of militant, democratic unionism can revive labor.
As I was sitting down to read Peter Cole’s ...book, a dispute broke out in the Port of Los Angeles over automation and future of work. I couldn’t avoid commenting on that dispute and much of my review examines the challenges facing the ILWU.