In the aftermath of the Ford contract vote it is important to look back on what made the UAW to begin with. Dave Moore, born in 1912 and one of the last surviving Hunger Marchers of 1932 which saw five union members killed., died recently. A fascinating mini-documentary, chock full of great photos, made by Southeast Michigan union activists Bob Ingalls and Al Benchich below. While Moore worked for many years a s a Democrat (and readers of this blog know how I feel about them), it was the independence of industrial unionism that allowed for it to make so many of its early gains. One of the reasons for the decline of the UAW over the last decades is their absorption into the Democratic Party and it will take a break from that Party if the unions are to become, again, champions of their class. Moore’s struggle, and the struggle of thousands of Moores, as a black worker militant are largely responsible for whatever gains workers and black folks, have made in this country. Here’s a 2007 interview with Moore as well.
Dave Moore: Working Class Hero