Reassessing the Legacy of Walter Reuther

The Labor Notes Conference last month was chock full of almost 8,000 union troublemakers. A highlight was UAW President Shawn Fain and dozens of members who are rebuilding a more militant auto union capable of organizing the South. Is the UAW returning to its militant roots? Where did it go wrong? This week on the Heartland Labor Forum we’ll hear historians Nelson Lichtenstein, Toni Gilpin and rank and file members discuss the legacy of UAW founder Walther Reuther and ask whether the political machine he built led the union’s near-destruction.


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