The Spark

“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!