Last Saturday (6/7), the editor of this blog site – John Reimann – was on WEFT’s radio program “World Labor Hour,” in a discussion on what has happened in the US labor movement, especially the role of the union leadership. The old socialist Daniel DeLeon described the union leaders as “the labor lieutenants of capital” – in other words, the representatives of the employers inside the unions. Along with this, they are the representatives of the Democratic Party (one of the two political parties of the employers). This was discussed on this radio show, along with a discussion on how this played out in the struggle for a $15 per hour minimum wage in Seattle and what should have been done instead.
You can listen to this discussion at the site below. The discussion starts about 28 minutes into the show.