The growth of non-union telco firms is clearly their biggest challenge.
As for politics, their position is within the AFLCIO mainstream. I think the big New Jersey CWA public sector local is affiliated with the Labor Party, but not very many of their telco locals.
They didn't support Sweeney in the 1995 AFLCIO overturn. Donohue put one of their women leaders on his ticket, which might explain their alignment with the old guard back then.
-----Original Message----- From: Doug Henwood <dhenwood at panix.com> To: lbo-talk at lists.panix.com <lbo-talk at lists.panix.com> Date: Tuesday, August 22, 2000 3:09 PM Subject: Re: Verizon: union win
>Nathan Newman wrote:
>>There is no doubt that a lot of the energy of Seattle/DC/Philly/LA will
>>spill back into those day-to-day struggles, but part of the pragmatism of
>>UPS, Boeing, the LA Janitors, and Verizon struggles also have to spill
>>over into the globalization mass action movements if they are to become a
>>real mass struggle for change.
>They could, if both sides repress the urge to piss on each other.