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Strikebreaker

 

in capitalist countries, an individual used by employers to disrupt strikes and to weaken workers’ unions. Strikebreakers are recruited from déclassé elements and from people without class consciousness, as well as from unemployed people who are pressed by need. Unemployment is the economic foundation of strikebreaking. In many capitalist countries, especially the USA, there are legal organizations that supply strike breakers to firms whose employees are involved in job actions. Bourgeois propaganda uses any means to hide the profound amorality of strikebreaking by evoking the right to work that labor allegedly enjoys under capitalism. Bourgeois labor law actively encourages strikebreaking.

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Indeed, strikebreaking workers were perceived as enemies more dangerous than capitalists.
African American strikebreaking, did little to discourage it (Dietrich
Strikebreaking afforded the sons of this mushrooming class--most prominently college students and Boy Scouts--an opportunity to enact a "muscular" version of manhood by longshoring, operating street cars and subway trains, loading trucks, and, on occasion, engaging in direct confrontation with strikers.
I call on Governor Doyle to get to the bottom of this and get the state out of the strikebreaking business.
Thompson might account for Perley's strikebreaking by terming it "the occurrence of class," an event through which, to continue to paraphrase Thompson, Perley "feels and articulates the identity of her material interests as against other people whose material interests are clearly different" from hers (1963, 9) In the factory yard, Perley's "different material interests" would be on display as that familiar locus of class and gender that scholars of the 19th century have long identified as "True Womanhood.
But this would have been seen as strikebreaking and could have escalated the current dispute.
Despite Debs's and others' resistance, Gompers's viewpoint prevailed, and libraries were built and accepted by most communities (with the notable exception of Homestead and Pittsburgh--where the bitterness of Carnegie's strikebreaking was most vivid).
Gangsters like Meyer Lansky turned to schmatte-producing sweatshops as a new source of income by extorting protection money, strikebreaking and organizing phony labor unions.
But more importantly, writes Kosak, there was a climate of working-class morality that encouraged worker solidarity and reviled strikebreaking.
The violent strikebreaking at the turn of the last century spawned violent anarchists and the assassination of one president, William McKinley.
Maxxam invested $8 million in International Management Assistance Corporation (IMAC), known for strikebreaking, to provide security and scab labor to Kaiser's four plants.
As someone who grew up in southeastern Minnesota during the incredibly volatile Hormel workers' strike that went on for years during the '80s, I remember the effect his strikebreaking had on our community.