In 1934, truck drivers (“teamsters”) in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA, struck for shorter hours, pay increases, overtime pay, and other demands. The mass strike was the result of a sustained unionisation drive, led by revolutionary socialists. The 1934 strike brought rank-and-file teamsters into direct confrontation with the bosses, the state, and the union officials, with parts of Minneapolis effectively brought under workers’ control.
The strike is rich with lessons for how workers can organise and build power.
Farrell Dobbs, a participant in the strike and Trotskyist activist, documented his experiences in Teamster Rebellion. A group of student and workers’ movement activists are coming together to read the book collectively, and discuss what we can learn from it.
The first session will introduce the book and the themes of the course, and discussion of the book will begin in week two.
The reading group is organised by members of Workers’ Liberty, and is open to anyone who wants to learn about working-class history and how we can build workers’ power today.
• Facebook event here.
• Download a leaflet for the group here.
• We will be using a Workers' Liberty study guide to help us work through the book and discuss the issues in it. Download a copy here.