Jerry Tucker

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Jerry Tucker

Jerry Tucker led the successful effort to beat back a right-to-work referendum in Missouri in 1978, uniting unions and farm organizations. He reintroduced work-to-rule strategies to UAW plants, winning critical early fights against concessions (read about them in the Troublemaker's Handbook). He died in October 2012.

Tucker stood at the head of the New Directions Movement within the UAW in the 1980s, pledged to resist both givebacks and the "partnership" mentality. He dared to run for UAW regional director against the "jointness" candidate—and won, despite a slew of dirty tricks.

Tucker later turned to advising workers and unions in a host of industries. His tactics were adopted by the workers at the Staley plant in Decatur, Illinois, before and during their lockout, as detailed in the book Staley.

Jerry was on board at the founding of US Labor Against the War and the Labor Campaign for Single Payer, as well as the Center for Labor Renewal. In 2011, he helped train public employees in Wisconsin trying to reorganize in the aftermath of their uprising. [1]

Democratic Agenda

More than 1,200 people attended the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee initiated Democratic Agenda Conference held November 16-18, 1979, at the International Inn and Metropolitan AM Church in Washington 1 DC. The conference focused on "corporate power'; as the key barrier to "economic and political democracy," concepts many Democratic Agenda participants defined as "socialism.'

The Democratic Agenda meetings attempted to develop anti-corporate alternatives" through influencing the direction of the Democratic Party during the period leading to the July 1980 Democratic National Convention in New York.

Workshops included "Enforcing Full Employment" - Jerry Tucker, Ellen Vollinger [2]

New Directions

During Owen Beiber's time as leader of the United Auto Workers, in the 1980s, New Directions, an opposition party, "was a real contender and the Ad. Caucus had to resort to illegal tactics and behind the scenes pressure to suppress the insurgents. In 1986 a Department of Labor investigation uncovered fraud and corruption by the Ad. Caucus and forced a new election". Jerry Tucker, a New Directions leader, won as Regional Director of Region 5. He appointed Lew Moye to the Resolution Committee.[3]

Tucker was listed as being associated with New Directions in 1993.[4]

Radical Scholars & Activists Conference

In 1993 Jerry Tucker was a featured speaker at the Midwest Radical Scholars & Activists Conference. The theme of the conference was, "Popular Empowerment in the Clinton Era". The conference was held between Oct. 29 - 30, 1993 at Loyola University, Chicago.[5]

MDS Board member

On February 17, 2007, the Movement for a Democratic Society held a well attended conference[6]at New York City’s New School University.

The business portion of the meeting followed with each board nominee introducing themselves to the conference. The board, a very diverse group, was voted in by acclamation... Board nominees where were not able to attend the conference were included in the appointment by acclamation. The list included Elliott Adams, Panama Vicente Alba, Tariq Ali, Stanley Aronowitz, David Barsamian, Rosalyn Baxandall, John Bracey, Jr., John Brittain, Robb Burlage, Noam Chomsky, Jayne Cortez, Carl Davidson, Angela Davis, Bernardine Dohrn, Barbara Epstein, Gustavo Esteva, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Stephen Fleischman, Bill Fletcher Jr, Tom Hayden, Gerald Horne, Florence Howe, Mike James, Robin D G Kelley, Alice Kessler Harris, Rashid Khalidi, Mike Klonsky, Betita Martinez, Ethelbert Miller, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Barbara Ransby, Patricia Rose, Michael Rossman, Studs Terkel, Charlene Teters, Jerry Tucker, Immanuel Wallerstein, Cornel West, Leonard Weinglass and Howard Zinn.

Open Letter to Obama on Iran

In 2008 Jerry Tucker, Former UAW Exec Board Member signed an online petition “A Open Letter to Barack Obama on Iran”.[7]

Center for Labor Renewal

In 2009 Jerry Tucker was listed as an endorser of the Center for Labor Renewal[8].

Labor Campaign for Single Payer

In 2009 Jerry Tucker, former UAW Exec-Board Member & CLR served on the Steering Committee of Labor Campaign for Single Payer.


  1. Labor Notes, Remembering Legendary Troublemaker Jerry Tucker, by Mark Brenner | Fri, 10/19/2012
  2. Information Digest, December 14, 1979, page 370/371
  3. [ Live Bait & Ammo #33
  4. Radical Scholars & Activists Conference pamphlet, 1993
  5. Radical Scholars & Activists Conference pamphlet, 1993
  7. Open Letter to Obama on Iran