Left Labor Project

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The Left Labor Project was formed in early 2009 by socialist trade unionists and labor movement activists in NYC, who are either unaffiliated individuals or members of organizations that held non-sectarian positions in the all-important 2008 elections electing Barack Obama.

In addition to Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism , the socialist organizations that form the LLP are Communist Party USA, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, and Democratic Socialists of America.

Other organizations, such as Organization for a Free Society, and the Colombian Trade Union Solidarity are also member organizations.

LLP is the U.S. organizational representative on the Social Movements arm of the Bolivarian organization of ALBA, and works to strengthen other international relationships as well.[1]

About

The Left Labor Project is a group of union activists and supporters of the labor movement in the New York City area. It includes staffers and rank-and-file, retirees and unorganized.

Our goal is to get the left wing of labor together for maximum political impact. We identify with the historical legacy of the labor movement here and around the world – as a force for democracy, equality, peace, and a better life for all working people.

LLP has four principles to keep it on course:[2]

  • We are an explicitly socialist, working class organization.
  • We believe that a multiracial, multinational working class forms the core for short and long-range movements for change in the U.S.
  • Affiliated groups and individual members work on initiatives that the LLP supports, but LLP as a group does not interfere in the internal affairs of unions or other outside organizations.
  • All meetings end by 8 pm!

What We Agree On

From the LLP website;[3]

Unity does not mean uniformity.
We come from different experiences, political backgrounds, and points of view on many issues affecting the labor movement. But we are committed to working together to bring labor back to its own mission. While some of us are active in broader political parties, and some are politically independent, we are all socialists.
Capitalism is not unstoppable – in fact, with the economic and environmental crises, it’s more important than ever to end it.

We also agree that building a permanent, loyal alliance of workers of all colors and nationalities, with the many communities of color across the country, is a must. Progressive movements that respond to the crises are positive developments, and we encourage our unions to support them.

Working together, we can make the internationals, central councils, alliances and locals into the force for progress they have been in the past, and need to be now.

Leadership

At the September 16th 2011 meeting of the Left Labor Project, a leadership body was elected which includes Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism leaders, Pat Fry as Recording Secretary and Anne Mitchell as CCDS organizational representative. Among others elected were LLP Coordinator Larry Moskowitz who is national organizer for the Working Families Party, Jim Perlstein, an officer of the Professional Staff Union which represents faculty of the City University of New York, Lester Muata Greene, an EMT worker and member of AFSCME District Council 37, Rhadames Rivera, Vice President of SEIU Local 1199, and Fitzroy Searles of LLP Youth who was an organizer of the One Nation Rally in 2010 in Washington DC.[4]

Venezuela visit

LLP was the principal organizers of a US delegation to the Hemispheric Trade Union Conference in Caracas, Venezuela in July 2010.

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Labor Day rallies

Over the last two years, a key organizational undertaking of LLP has been working to establish May Day rallies as official trade union-sponsored events in NYC. Originally developed out of LLP discussions, the idea was taken up by an organizing committee that officially represented many trade unions, immigrant rights organizations and community groups. The organizing committee had official LLP representation as well.

It is this same approach that shapes LLP’s latest undertaking – an educational campaign, “Labor Rights are Human Rights.” After several educational discussions led by international labor rights lawyers, LLP developed an informational flyer, a model resolution and pledge card that were distributed widely at the September 10th Labor Day parade. Organized by an LLP Youth brigade, some 4,000 flyers got out and 80 LLP campaign cards signed.[6]

October 2011 forum

The October 2011 LLP forum featured Transit Workers Union Local 100 president, John Samuelson, who will discuss the complaint his union local has before the International Labor Organization against the U.S. government, because of New York State’s law prohibiting strikes in the public sector, named the Taylor Law.

TWU Local 100’s former president, Roger Toussaint, was imprisoned for a week in 2005 during his local’s strike in defiance of the law. As a result the union was fined millions and stripped of its right to collect members’ dues through payroll deduction.[7]

"BILL FLETCHER JR, ED OTT & OTHERS"

Left Labor Project held a forum at 1199 SEIU, 310 W 43rd St, 14 January 2016, 18:00 till Thursday 14 January 2016.

The run-up to the Presidential primaries has unleashed a right-wing frenzy that's unprecedented in its naked scapegoating and repressive policy ideas. How do we analyze and respond to these developments, through our labor and community groups, and in the electoral arena? What new alliances, campaigns, and demands do we need?

Those signalling their support, or intention to attend on the events Wherevent page included Dara Silverman, Audrey Sasson, Jill Greenberg, Michael Dormo, Dennis Hart, David Mirtz, John Tarleton, Katrina Marie, Robert Ambaras, Ethan Frey, Maureen Silverman, Scarlett Ahmed, Caroline Unger, Emiljana Ulaj, Dahlia Goldenberg, Jessica Acee, Ferdinand Joseph, Kate Aronoff, Greg Dunkel, IrieAndrea LeDawes, Kristi Barnes, Nora Taggart, Mark Duran, Patrick Loman, Marion Lipshutz, Mindy Rubinstein-Rosier, Dego Adely, Marcus Meute, Gee Nimius, Mary Boger, Ellen Gurzinsky, Glorya Cabrera, Prince Manlaw King, Eric K. Ward, Joseph Phelan, Vince Kelley, Christine Williams, Plinio Cruz-Alvarez, Leon Pinsky, Dennis O'Neil, Eduardo Hugo Gil, John McCarthy, John Treat, David Salay, Kate Spaulding, Mohammad A. Khan, Charles Lenchner, Joshua Clennon, Chris Barron, Robel Tekleab, Jose Mangasha, Paolo Cremidis, John Dennie, Zach Liszka, Edgar E. Avalos, M. Dove Kent, Kristina Antonia Mazzocchi, John Ennis, Jon Zaccarini, L. L. Eljeer Hawkins, Bob Ratynski, Lorraine Barcant, Anne Mitchell, [8]

Left Labor Project Presents: What Happened? What Now?

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Left Labor Project Presents: What Happened? What Now? Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 6 PM - 9 PM, 310 W 43rd St, New York.

A converastion with Bill Fletcher, Jr., international activist and co-author of Solidarity Divided: The crisis in organized labor and a new path toward social justice.

This event is Co-sponsored by: Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, Committees of Correspondence Education Fund, Democratic Socialists of America, Freedom Road Socialist Organization.

RSVPs

RSVPS included ;[9]

Invited

Interested

Went

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