Class struggle trade union caucus
Fighting Union Caucus (Eastern Iowa) – Founding Declaration
Build class struggle union caucuses!
Forge a fighting union leadership!
Unite Labor/Black/Brown behind a class struggle program to fight capitalist austerity!
The Fighting Union Caucus-Eastern Iowa announces its intention to unite State workers (in particular), public workers in general, private sector workers and all workers in action to form fighting rank and file caucuses to take our unions back from the sell outs who have proven incapable of defending our wages, benefits, and working conditions. Those who sell concessionary contracts to the membership and tell us to “share the pain” are doing the work of the bosses in the workers’ organizations. The fighting rank and file Caucuses declare for the historic interest of the entire working class against the interest of the labor tops who chain us to management!
Those who tell us, “our union” only represents the current dues-payers have abandoned the Knights of Labor’s clarion call: “An injury to one is the concern of all!” Today’s professional labor misleaders are class traitors acting as agents of the bosses in our organizations. We must ask: When did the rank and file vote to abandon the pensioners, the unorganized, our future co-workers, the marginalized, and the oppressed? The majority of our interests are not so unique to our bargaining units that they can be defended if we don’t unite and fight with and for those, in like conditions, those who came before us, those who will come to work with us in the future and the entire working class!
We reject the strategy that ties our unions to the corporate rulers through the political machines of the Democratic and the Republican parties. We demand an end to funding their campaigns and instead demand funding our strike funds and our own campaigns! We reject the failed strategy placing labors’ faith in the courts and the lobbyists while abandoning workers’ strongest weapons: the indefinite strike, the general strike, the worksite occupation and unity in action of the entire working class. Today’s misleaders isolate labor they deny the fact that union’s have real power only when we organize class wide. By so doing they divide the 9% of the organized working class from the 91% of unorganized workers. Notice how quickly they dropped the fight for the Employee Free Choice Act. Notice how they do not fight nor have a plan to end unemployment. Notice how they have not organized unemployed leagues or anti-eviction and anti-foreclosure action committees.
Our task is not to admonish or convince the current crop of labor fakers, rather our task is to drive them from office and rise up a new generation of leaders to take back our unions, establish the political independence of labor, defeat the anti-labor laws and fight for the historic interests of the entire working class.
*Organizational affiliation for personal identification purposes only
Unofficial, independent Rank-and-File Fighting Union Caucus composed of individual members of AFSCME Local 12*
Our caucus platform was developed in consultation with public workers in Iowa (SEIU 199 & AFSCME 12), California CDPH (CAPS, AFSCME & SEIU 1000 members) and California SF Superior Court (SEIU 1021) members & retirees. This declaration was adapted from the declaration of the SF Bay Area CDPH Inter-Union Organizing Committee. SF Bay Area labor points the way forward!