Miami DSA Stands with Labor
115,000 railroad workers across the United States are currently working without a contract. Rail is one of the most heavily unionized industries in the country. Workers in the rail industry have immense collective power, both due to their union density and their strategic placement in the economy. Rail workers can, and should, bring this country to a halt to demand a contract that ensures a good quality of life and fair wages plus benefits.
On Wednesday, November 30th 2022, three DSA U.S. representatives – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Cori Bush (D-MO), and Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) – voted to impose on the railroad workers a contract that the workers had democratically rejected. By standing with President Biden and the railroad companies against the workers and making it illegal to strike, these representatives have shown themselves to be enemies of the working class.
The representatives have turned their backs on the movement that brought them to office. The black mark they have left on the name of socialism will be a liability for American socialists well into the future.
At the very least, DSA endorsed, elected officials should adhere to our political platform. Our political platform outlines the importance of vibrant, fighting labor unions.
DSA is a socialist organization. We are an approximately 100,000 member organization that has proved to be able to organize, mobilize and fund winning initiatives and campaigns. There is no reason we should continue to invest our resources into politicians that are not accountable to our base, and, as socialists, we must unconditionally disavow any elements in our movement who actively side with the capitalist ruling class. We need to rethink our political strategy and rebuild our organization.
Miami DSA condemns the traitorous and opportunist actions of these representatives and we call for the expulsion and censure of any DSA endorsed elected officials that do not adhere to our political platform, specifically representatives – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Cori Bush (D-MO), and Jamaal Bowman (D-NY).