David Montgomery

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David Montgomery was a long time friend of E. P. Thompson.

DSA member

In 1990, David Montgomery, an history teacher at Yale, was a member of Democratic Socialists of America.[1]

In The Times Founding sponsors

In 1976 founding sponsors of the Institute for Policy Studies/New American Movement linked socialist journal were;

Open letter to Andy Stern

On May 1 2008, David Montgomery, Professor Emeritus, Yale signed an open letter to SEIU president Andy Stern in protest at SEIU move to force its local United Healthcare Workers into trusteeship.

"We are writing to express our deep concern about SEIU's threatened trusteeship over its third largest local, United Healthcare Workers (UHW). We believe that there must always be room within organized labor for legitimate and principled dissent, if our movement is to survive and grow. Putting UHW under trusteeship would send a very troubling message and be viewed, by many, as a sign that internal democracy is not valued or tolerated within SEIU. In our view, this would have negative consequences for the workers directly affected, the SEIU itself, and the labor movement as a whole. We strongly urge you to avoid such a tragedy."'


  1. Democratic Left, September/October, 1990, page 32
  2. [1] In These Times home page, accessed March 6, 2010