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Lessons of the Bay Area transit strike
World Socialist Website (Repost)
* It was entirely predictable that the unions would end the strike on management’s terms. * Many are no doubt asking, if this is the outcome, what was the purpose of the strike? * The BART strike, like every social conflict that erupts in the United States, quickly exposed the violence of class relations in America and the essentially political character of the struggle. * The ruling class sees the attack on transit workers as a critical component of an overall class policy. Every right of the working class is under attack. * The task of constructing a new leadership must be initiated, among BART workers and in every section of the working class, throughout the country and internationally. * The growing radicalization of broad sections of the population must be given an anti-capitalist and socialist orientation, directed at building a mass movement of the working class to take political power and reorganize society on the basis of social need, not private profit.

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