Overtime Episode 52 PREVIEW – Military Unions – Pt 1

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One question that has arisen over and over in the history of revolutionary movements has been: what about the military? Does it make sense to try and organize soldiers, sailors, and airmen, especially if they come from working class backgrounds? Or is it a futile effort to try and break into such a hierarchical, rigid system? In this series, we’ll examine some of the history of attempts to organize soldiers into unions both in the United States and in many other countries. For our first episode, we’ll start with some attempts at union organizing in the US military in the immediate aftermath of the Vietnam War. We discuss what issues caused soldiers to dissent, how movements formed and disbanded, and what results, if any, were achieved by these groups. In future episodes, we’ll look at US movements in the era of the all volunteer military, and expand the discussion to other militaries around the world.

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