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We Are the UnionDemocratic Unionism and Dissent at Boeing$
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Dana L. Cloud

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036378

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036378.001.0001

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Carrying the Memory of Agitation

Carrying the Memory of Agitation

A Dialogue between Keith Thomas and Dana Cloud

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We Are the Union

Dana L. Cloud

University of Illinois Press

This chapter presents an exchange between the author and Keith Thomas, which both have referred to as a “postmortem” on Unionists for Democratic Change. The exchange was edited and compiled from two conversations: The first is a recorded interview between Cloud and Thomas in Wichita, Kansas, on July 17, 2001, the evening after a small demonstration at the union hall earlier that afternoon; the second source is a series of letters exchanged in summer 2006. Here Thomas complicates the author's arguments that mistakes and misdirected focus were to blame for the decline of the union democracy movement at Boeing. His observations will also encourage readers to understand the limitations of the movement in the contexts of the real lives of activists set against a renewed employer's offensive and a very powerful and change-resistant union bureaucracy.

Keywords:   Unionists for Democratic Change, labor unions, Boeing, union democracy, union activists

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