SCIPEStudent Campaign for Increased Political Engagement (Grinnell College; Grinnell, IA)
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Scipes underlines their alliance strategies, the importance given to labour education, and the model of "genuine trade unionism" developed by the KMU.
While quite briefly and mostly with a focus on the post-Sweeney era, Scipes includes a history of resistance to labour imperialism.
The most glaring contradiction identified by Scipes is the involvement of staff and leaders in the State Department's Advisory Committee on Labor and Diplomacy throughout the Bush Administration and the role of the National Endowment for Democracy in continuing to serve as the primary funding source for the solidarity centres.
Scipes covers the role of the AFL-CIO in Chile, the Philippines, and Venezuela in detail and points to several others through his analysis of the origins of labour imperialism and via his notes.
While Scipes ends by indicating that the answer to the question of why labour imperialism emerged is still unknown, the question shapes the text and clues to the answer are considered in the account of the origins of labour imperialism in the AFL.
Scipes traces the origin of AFL-CIO collusion and support of US Empire to AFL founder Samuel Gompers and his philosophy of "business unionism that accepts the domination of society by corporate power; that organizes worker-members to fight for their limited interests instead of those of all working people; that is isolated from the community and resources outside of the trade union movement; and that keeps its members subordinated and does not educate them.
Scipes is not some academic pontificating from an ivory university tower.
Scipes reports on the state of democracy within the AFL-CIO.
There are activists like Kim Scipes within US Labor and they need the support of the rank and file to make labor more democratic and less imperial.
Regarding our view of the labor movement, Kim Scipes writes: "There is no specific condemnation of the AFL-CIO.
Scipes writes: "Nowhere do Brecher and Costello condemn the AFL-CIO for their international operations.
Regarding the objectives of social change, Scipes writes: "Brecher and Costello ignore the problem of growth in their writings.