25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

October 8, 2018

October 11, 1993

COLUMBIANA, Alabama — “We are strong, we are united, and we are not going to stop.” That’s how Kim Cain, cousin of slain striker Keith Cain, summed up her determination to keep on fighting as more than 2,000 unionists and supporters rallied here September 26. They gathered in memory of two members of the United Steel Workers of America Local 15015 who were murdered September 7 on the picket line at National-Standard. Cain, 23, and Walter Fleming, 55, were killed when the driver of an 18-wheel truck intentionally ran them over as he left the plant.

The local has been on strike since June 1, after refusing a contract offer that amounted to a 40 percent reduction in wages and benefits. Some 200 members of United Mine Workers of America led chants of “Who are we? Union!” and “What do we want? Justice!”

October 11, 1968

FORT DIX, N.J. — A legal and political victory of importance for American soldiers and for the antiwar movement was won here today when a ruling of “not guilty” in the case of Sp/4 Allen Myers was handed down in a summary court-martial.

Myers, a member of the Young Socialist Alliance and Socialist Workers Party and active in the antiwar movement before being drafted, was charged under Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (disobeying an order), accused of violating Fort Dix Regulation 210-27, prohibiting the distribution of leaflets and other printed matter that is “in bad taste,” “prejudicial to good order,” or “subversive.”

The leaflet that Myers was charged with handing out was entitled “Support Our Men in Vietnam, Not Those Who Send Them There.”

October 9, 1943

BUFFALO — Over 2,000 delegates jammed the main floor of the Memorial Auditorium as the United Automobile, Aircraft and Agricultural Implement Workers, CIO, the largest union in the nation with more than a million members, convened its annual convention.

Before the convention will come resolutions dealing with the most controversial issues confronting the labor movement, including demands to revoke the no-strike pledge, withdraw the labor members from the War Labor Board, oppose any form of incentive pay and establish an independent labor party.

While there is a lack of organized leadership to direct the fight for militant union policies, there is little doubt that there exists tremendous dissatisfaction in the ranks, which will spill over into open and bitter protest against the present policy of surrender and retreat.