With PATCO, history exposed as unviable and bankrupt a labor movement that based itself on anti-communism, defense of the profit system and nationalism.
Trumka embodied the reactionary instincts of a corrupt and privileged labor bureaucracy, steeped in anti-communism and nationalism, that long ago separated the unions from any connection to the defense of workers.
Paul Schrader’s 1978 crime and social drama about workers in a Michigan auto plant still resonates under contemporary conditions.
The World Socialist Web Site recently spoke to Jorge O’Leary, a Mexican-born doctor and leader of the 1983–86 Phelps Dodge miners strike in Arizona. O’Leary, who is now 80 years old, spoke about the strike and the leading role played in it by the Socialist Equality Party’s predecessor organization, the Workers League.