article in Monthly Review

Tom Lehman uswa12 at
Thu Dec 3 09:58:02 PST 1998

Dear Doug and the LBOers,

I too enjoyed the story about organizing by Liza Featherstone! The Teamsters won the race to the golden arches in Macedonia, Ohio. Hey, we are ready for dealing with green hair, nose rings and tounge piercing---we were all young once too.

A little over the back fence gossip. Is it true that the USWA organizer Henson has his own collection of muppets?

Sincerely, Tom Lehman

Doug Henwood wrote:

> Sam Pawlett wrote:
> >The article on the union drive at Mc'ds was excellent. I grew up,live and
> >work in Squamish where the union drive is taking place. Squamish(pop.
> >12,000) is a union town bar none. The townscouncil contains mostly
> >socialists and the union density is very high, i would estimate that about
> >75% of the jobs here are union. We has an excellent demo here this past
> >weekend in support of the youngsters at Mcdonalds. Some council members gave
> >speechs. The Mc'ds here is kinda unique in that it is privately owned by a
> >single individual( the appropriately named Paul Savage.) and because of its
> >proximity to the highway to Whistler(N.America's premier ski resort) is one
> >of, if not the, highest volume Mcdonald's in all of N.America( i don't have
> >the stats.) When Mcdonald Corp, realized just how profitable this outlet
> >was, it attempted to buy it back. Savage refused.
> >There will be no intimidation here. If the author of the article is around,
> >i can send her some press clippings from the local rag as well as any other
> >information i can drum up(if she's interested.)
> Liza Featherstone is on this list, and I hope she's reading all these good
> things people are saying about her piece!
> When I was up in Vancouver, BC, last week, I spoke to the Trade Union
> Research Bureau. Once again I was struck by how different a place Canada is
> from the U.S., despite similar appearances. It's hard to imagine a
> comparable group of unionists in the U.S. who'd be as sharp politically and
> intellectually as this Vancouver group was. We even discussed Brenner's NLR
> article for a bit. In the U.S., the discussion probably would have been
> about who's on the verge of indictment.
> Doug

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