CPUSA and 100 years of labor history

BY:Communist Party USA| January 17, 2019
CPUSA and 100 years of labor history


This year marks the centennial of the Communist Party. From days of organizing the sweatshops in textile in the 20’s to the founding of CIO and the mass production industries, to the fight against the right-wing George Meany leadership of the AFL-CIO the Communist Party has been involved in the labor movement.  The Steeworkers Union,  the UAW, UE and many others owe in large part their existence to communist activists.

But the CPUSA did not view labor narrowly and viewed fighting against racism, war and social justice as part and parcel of the working-class’ call.  This included joining the International Brigades to defend democracy in Spain,  battling segregation in the Jim Crow South, to fighting against war in Vietnam, apartheid in South Africa and for a Palestinian homeland. Be it the GOP Southern Strategy or Bill Clinton neoliberalism, the CP fought for labor rights.  This webinar explores this history.




    The Communist Party USA is a working class organization founded in 1919 in Chicago, IL.

    The Communist Party stands for the interests of the American working class and the American people. It stands for our interests in both the present and the future. Solidarity with workers of other countries is also part of our work. We work in coalition with the labor movement, the peace movement, the student movement, organizations fighting for equality and social justice, the environmental movement, immigrants rights groups and the health care for all campaign.

    But to win a better life for working families, we believe that we must go further. We believe that the American people can replace capitalism with a system that puts people before profit — socialism.

    We are rooted in our country's revolutionary history and its struggles for democracy. We call for "Bill of Rights" socialism, guaranteeing full individual freedoms.

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