ALA Prospects; Contest in UMW; Charleston Strike

ALA Prospects; Contest in UMW; Charleston Strike

The Alliance for Labor Action, after some initial false starts, has held its first conclave formally linking the world’s two largest unions, the United Auto Workers and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. ”

The friendship was there all the time,” hails UAW’s Solidarity, “a truck driver tapping his horn, waving to a UAW neighbor on his way to the factory, and getting a big grin back.” Well, maybe. But one is hard-pressed to remember anytime when Reuther and Hoffa got along. In fact, one remembers instances of great hostility between the UAW and the Teamsters at almost every level. To ignore the problems and differences between the UAW and the IBT is to invite confusion about ALA in the future.

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