Labor and Politics: A New Agenda
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.
Recorded at the Trade Union Program at Harvard.
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.