The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx


Sep 12, 2005

In a speech in late August, leading up to Labor Day, AFL-CIO president John Sweeney included the following remarks:

"You only have to look at the strike at Northwest Airlines, where the machinists are represented by AMFA, to see the perils of going-it-alone. AMFA is not really a union. It’s a business outfit. For years, AMFA has capitalized on hard times, attacked other unions and rejected the principles of unionism–of supporting others. Now the workers are out there by themselves–no strike benefits, health care coverage about to run out. It’s a terrible situation."You bet it’s terrible Mr. Sweeney... that as president of the AFL-CIO you bad-mouth mechanics and cleaning workers of AMFA in the middle of a difficult strike. Exactly when they need all the support they can get, especially from workers in the airline and other industries, you act as Strike Breaker!