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 Post subject: Their Tactics and Ours
PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:47 pm 
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https://anticapital0.wordpress.com/thei ... -and-ours/

It should be fairly obvious, especially by the note at the end, that this article was written before the loss at Berkeley. This event pretty clearly signals the fact that these street fights have just begun, and that there will be a lot more advances retreats and defeats in the future. The article still has merit for its warning of fascists obtaining State power, and advocating a turn to the working class as a response.

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Here's the result from the threatened deportations in NYC

http://gothamist.com/2017/04/21/tom_cat ... rotest.php

They were fired.

Also the Anti-Capital updated look in light of Berkeley and Auburn.

https://anticapital0.wordpress.com/the-hardest-thing/

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This is sort of a side issue, but:

at what point and in what forms can Alinskyite tactics and campus-type activism be opposed in the labor movement and working-class?

The headline of the article on the Tom Cat Bakery struggle:

"Protesters Chain Themselves To Bakery Truck In Solidarity With Immigrant Workers"

The tactics to defend immigrant workers from persecution and to keep the fascists out of the streets ought to be linked-- numbers and organization.

Exemplary violence (small black bloc formations) and exemplary non-violence (the chaining-ourselves-to-stuff) are not working.


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To answer your question, I'm doubting it can be opposed until there is something really existing to oppose it against.

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Note the plant is unionized, and the union "negotiated" a severance package, for those interested in forfeiting employment. Is it really possible that the union didn't schedule membership meetings over this? and/or that nobody stood up at such a meeting and urged non-cooperation, and if not a strike, at least some sort of national appeal. Go to the union website, and you won't find a mention of this occurrence.


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I missed that. Not surprising; the terms of the deal are actually quite "good" (basically the very best undocumented union members can expect at present):

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Four immediately produced the correct papers, according to the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union that reps the employees at Tom Cat.

Two quit and found work elsewhere, the union said.

If they failed to pass DHS muster in six months, Tom Cat promised one week’s pay for every year of service, plus cashed-out sick, holiday and vacation days and health care for 90 days.

The remaining 15 workers have yet to take the deal — but Tom Cat was leaving the offer on the table for a few more days, said BCTGM Local 53 president Joyce Alston.


http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/cuf ... -1.3085740

Compare this to Labor Notes' recent article on how unions can protect their undocumented members re: I-9 audits:

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Does your union have contract negotiations coming up? Start talking about how you can use bargaining to strengthen workplace protection for immigrant members.

UNITE HERE Local 2850 in the Bay Area has won language that allows workers to take leaves of absence—and protects their seniority—if they need time to complete immigration paperwork. It bars employers from penalizing workers who change their names or social security numbers.

The contracts also limit how employers cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, “so they don’t go over and above what is required [by law],” says President Wei-Ling Huber. And the local has negotiated a legal fund that employers pay into, which members can draw on for immigration-related cases.


http://www.labornotes.org/2016/12/five- ... nt-members

And here's the model contract language they suggest:

http://www.labornotes.org/sites/default ... nguage.pdf

BCTGM Local 53 could basically substitute itself for the most progressive UNITE HERE or SEIU local in that Labor Notes article with its application of what is essentially the best the so-called "labor-left" can come up with-- maintenance of seniority, leave of absence, employers sticking to a minimalist cooperation with ICE, severance pay and limited continuation of benefits, possible joint employer-union funding legal counsel/assistance, etc.

No one on the inside is even talking about mobilization let alone resistance.

My guess is the reason the story doesn't get more news on the union-side is because of how few workers it directly affects. Local 53 has 2,150 members in the NY-NJ area, of which only a small fraction work at Tom Cat Bakery, of which 26 were directly affected by this I-9 audit (half of which will be or were terminated as a result).

Sacrificing the interests of the minority for the majority is just another day, largely because after these workers lose their jobs today, the other 2,137 members are still going to have theirs tomorrow.

Combating that mentality is difficult. Is it their fault they try to take the edge off the situation and provide what amounts to palliative care? I don't know if it could be any other way left to its own devices.

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To answer your question, I'm doubting it can be opposed until there is something really existing to oppose it against.


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This post-Berkeley analysis was published yesterday and makes similar observations as Bro's article:

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One thing seems clear, the ‘Alt-Knights’ that are being organized under Chapman have the potential to act as a reserve army for the State. Who needs riot police that can be sued to deal with Black Lives Matter protesters, fast food workers on strike, immigrant rights demonstrators, homeless people, tenants, or foreclosed homeowners fighting eviction, or people blocking a pipeline when you can have 50 ‘Based Stickmans’ willing to do it for free?

In many ways, we perhaps will not be able to see just how far this reality will play out until a large scale social movement or struggle, along the lines of Occupy, Black Lives Matter, or #NoDAPL, threatens the ability of the regime to govern as such, and the far-Right steps up to attack it.


https://itsgoingdown.org/based-reserve- ... -strategy/

One frightening development that hasn't been getting as much attention is that the "Oathkeepers" flew in the guy who organized and directed their armed intervention into the Ferguson struggles to coordinate their activity on the ground in Berkeley.


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