Wednesday, March 23, 2016

At the Union Hall

There are no nervous smiles among the working men at strike headquarters on the waterfront. There is a familiarity in this meeting. Congressman and union know what each other are about and are talking strategy. Maybe it is the 1945 strike Thomas McGrath wrote about in his novel "This Coffin Has No Handles." That's the story of honest communists trying to overthrow a union's gangster leadership. We can have no doubt as to which side Marc took in that faceoff. Is he with the National Maritime Union? Seafarers Union? Maybe it was International Longshoremen and Warehousemen's Union. The documentation is weak, but the image's suggestion strong: If Democrats spent more time down at the union halls it might look less like they were benefitting from the help of "special interests" and more like they were helping working folks.

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