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About the Labor Party

The Labor Party was founded in June 1996 as a new political party of, by and for working people. The 1,400 delegates at the founding convention included representatives from hundreds of local and international unions as well as individual activists. They came together around the conviction that on issues most important to working people - trade, health care, and the rights to organize, bargain, and strike - both the Democrats and Republicans have failed working people.

From 1996 through 2007, hundreds of union affiliates - including six national unions - dozens of chapters and local organizing committees, and thousands of individual members joined the Labor Party. We launched national campaigns around the right to a job, just health care, free higher education, and the right of all workers to organize and bargain. We published and distributed a monthly newspaper, ran extensive worker-centered education programs, held forums and events in major cities across the country and promoted working-class culture. The last national effort of the Labor Party was providing support and assistance in the launching of the South Carolina Labor Party.

Our article Labor Party Time? Not Yet gives a brief history of the Labor Party, the reasons for its decline, and some lessons for today.

Below are links to some of the significant documents from the history of the Labor Party.

Call for Economic Justice
Labor Party Constitution
Electoral Policy
Just Health Care
Free Higher Education
Worker Rights
Statement About the War in Iraq
The Debate Continues: A Revitalized Labor Movement Needs A New Vision of Politics
South Carolina Labor Party
Labor Party Time? Not Yet
Labor Party Press and News

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