World War II brought with it the decline of the labour radicalisation pf the 1930s. Wartime employment and the snug alliance of the union officials with Roosevelt twisted militant unionism into support for the war and the no-strike pledge.
Teamster Bureaucracy is the story of how Minneapolis Teamsters of Local 544, led by revolutionary socialists, fought to preserve their traditions of militancy, solidarity, and democracy against the combined forces of Roosevelt's Justice Department and FBI, state and city police and politicians, and the Tobin bureaucracy of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The culminating battle - the infamous 1941 sedition trial of 28 socialist and trade union leaders - is recounted in full detail.
This book is a chronicle of the treachery and subservience of American labour officialdom, but it is also a guide for militants seeking a program to inspire and lead the labour movement today.