Workers in the Great Depression were beaten down but desperate for change. When a militant new labor federation, the Congress of Industrial Organizations, raised their sense of political possibility, they seized the opportunity and unionized en masse.
Jeremy Brecher is the author of more than a dozen books on labor and social movements, including Strike!.
If workers refuse to work, the bosses can’t produce anything. If soldiers refuse to fight, the generals can’t wage wars. That’s the power of a strike.