Painters & Drywall Finishers Say: Break with the Democrats, For a Workers Party

The following resolution was introduced by CSWP supporters and adopted unanimously by IUPAT Local 10 members at their meeting on 17 August 2016. CSWP fights to unchain the power of the working class by breaking our unions away from the parties of capital. Join us!

No Support to the Democrats, Republicans,
or Any Party of the Bosses

Whereas the bosses have two parties to represent their class while the millions of working people have none, and

Whereas the Democratic president Barack Obama sent the U.S. Coast Guard to enforce scabbing against the International Longshore and Warehouse Union during the 2013-14 lock-out of northwest dock workers, and

Whereas the Democratic governor Kate Brown opposed and undercut the movement for a $15 minimum wage across Oregon, and

Whereas in 2014 Democrats in Congress joined with Republicans to pass a disastrous pension “reform,” allowing the bosses to escape their obligations and cheat our retirees, and

Whereas the two presidencies of the Democrat Barack Obama have been eight years of unending war in the Middle East,North Africa and Asia, causing untold human suffering, millions of refugees, and attacks on our democratic rights at home, and

Whereas the Democratic Party in power has deported some 5 million immigrants, a record, and

Whereas across the country, from Oakland to Baltimore, police under Democratic mayors regularly murder black men and women with impunity, and

Whereas the 2016 presidential election offers us the “choice” between a raving, bigoted clown and a career representative of Wall Street, and

Whereas the Democratic vice-presidential candidate, Virginia governor Tim Kaine, supports union- busting “right to work” laws, and

Whereas Democrats and Republicans are and have always been strike-breaking, war-making parties of the bosses, and

Whereas so long as the labor movement supports one or another party of the bosses, we will be playing a losing game, therefore be it

Resolved that IUPAT Local 10 does not support the Democrats, Republicans, or any bosses’ parties or politicians, and

Resolved that we call on the International Union to repudiate its endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president, and

Resolved that we call on the labor movement to break from the Democratic Party, and build a class-struggle workers party.

News of this resolution was also published by the Northwest Labor Press. The text of the resolution is available in Spanish here.

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12 thoughts on “Painters & Drywall Finishers Say: Break with the Democrats, For a Workers Party

  1. FUCKING HELL YES! Solidarity from a union Ironworker, this is exactly what labor needs. We have nothing to lose but our chains! I’ll be looking you all up next time I’m in Portland!

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  2. Outstanding! If the labor movement were to quit wasting all of these resources on the Democratic Party and put them into building a mass workers party, we would turn America and the world upside down! Excellent initiative by your union, let’s spread this throughout the labor movement!

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    • There is a ballot qualified socialist party in California. Many of the socialit parties and organizations work within it in a colaberative non-sectarian way. What labor should do now is what I will call pre-party organizing. Qualify and pass initiatives, where possible, for Proportional Representation so that when labor runs candidates for public office they can win.

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  3. Assent and solidarity from a retired member of the Boston Teachers Union, BTU, AFT-AFL-CIO. Workers of the world unite!

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    • Dear Daniel: CSWP does not support any capitalist parties or politicians. This includes the Green Party. The Painters’ resolution is clear: we need a party for the working class.

      Point 8 of the CSWP program states:

      For a class-struggle workers party. Break with the Democratic Party, no support to the Green Party or any other capitalist parties or politicians. For a fighting workers party to organize and lead the struggle for a workers government and a planned economy to serve human needs instead of capitalist profit.

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    • Thank you for your comment. We explained what we mean by a “class-struggle workers party” in this article. We would argue that the class character of the party is fundamental, that the struggle for a political instrument of the working class must be a fight to break with all the parties and politicians of the capitalist class, whereas Local 36’s call for a “people’s democratic” party, and the apparent support for the Democrat Bernie Sanders, looks more like class collaboration than class struggle.

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  4. Solidarity from a union carpenter. Our international endorsed the mediocre moderate Democrat, and she lost to a psychotic game show host. It’s time to get real in this crazy pants country. I’m with you.

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