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Labor and Politics: A New Agenda

Program #MAZT003. Recorded in Cambridge, MA on March 04, 1998.

For decades organized labor has been aligned to the Democratic Party. Union endorsements for their candidates were almost automatic. In the 1980s, Reagan succeeded in reaching a lot of union members. The proverbial tectonic plate was shifting. Union membership continues to shrink. Hourly wages were higher twenty-five years ago. Family income was higher ten years ago. Should workers be the catalysts for a new independent political party? Union organizer Tony Mazzocchi thinks so.

Speaker(s):

Tony Mazzocchi

Tony Mazzocchi was a veteran labor organizer who was active in the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union. He was a central figure in the Labor Party Advocates. He died in October 2003.

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