New Union Party
LeaderJeffrey Miller
Founded1980; 42 years ago (1980)
Dissolved2005; 17 years ago (2005)
Preceded byLeague for Socialist Reconstruction/Socialist Labor Party of America
HeadquartersMinneapolis, Minnesota
IdeologyDe Leonism
Political positionLeft-wing

The New Union Party was a De Leonist political party based primarily in the U.S. state of Minnesota from 1980 to 2005. Its ideology was primarily based on the ideas of Daniel De Leon. According to De Leonist theory, militant industrial unions are the vehicle of class struggle. Industrial unions serving the interests of the proletariat (working class) will bring about the change needed to establish a socialist system. A strict adherent to pacifism, the NUP denounced political violence as a method of achieving revolution.[1]


The NUP was, like all similar organizations, based on the ideas on Karl Marx, Frederich Engels, and Daniel De Leon. Rather than insurrection, it was committed to legal, non-violent means of overthrowing capitalism. It opposed state control of the economy and instead sought direct worker control over the means of production.[2]



Many of its members were formerly affiliated with that state's section of Socialist Labor Party of America.[3] The New Unionists was formed after eight members of the Minneapolis SLP resigned in protest, accusing the national SLP leadership of bureaucratic and authoritarian practices.[4] At a Unity Conference in Ypsilanti, Michigan from 22 August through 24 August 1980, the similarly-minded League for Socialist Reconstruction fused with the New Unionist group to create the New Union Party.


Jeffrey Miller of Minneapolis was the editor of the party's newspaper, New Unionist, which was published from 1978 to 2005. Among the paper's columnists was longtime member Tom Dooley, who died in 2017.[5] Miller died in 2019.[6]


The New Union Party, like other De Leonist groups, ran candidates for political office and organized workers outside of electoral campaigns. In the 1980s, Jeffrey Miller was the party's nominee for three elections:

In 1999, delegates from the NUP attended an International Solidarity Conference in San Francisco organized by the local branch of the Industrial Workers of the World and Workers' Solidarity Alliance. It presented on the contributions of Daniel De Leon to socialist theory.[7]


The party's website is archived by the Library of Congress. Party ephemera and its publications are held at Washington State University Libraries Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.[8]


  1. ^ Hiatt, Mary (2002). Political Perspectives: A Reader. Gregory Publishing Company. p. 117. ISBN 978-0-911541-69-4.
  2. ^ Blevins, Dave (2006). American Political Parties in the 21st Century. McFarland. pp. 136–137. ISBN 978-0-7864-2480-1.
  3. ^ "The 'New Union Party': A Documentary Review of its Origins 1968-1978" (PDF). Socialist Labor Party of America. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Glossary of Organisations: So". Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Thomas Dooley, 91, built a life around antiwar activism". Star Tribune. August 3, 2017. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  6. ^ Frog, Red (8 November 2019). "Comrade Jeff Miller". May Day Books Blog. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  7. ^ Bekken, Jon (Fall 1999). "International Solidarity Conference". Anarcho-Syndicalist Review.
  8. ^ "Guide to the Lester R. Greenwood "Third Parties" Political Periodicals Collection 1920-2007". Retrieved 6 May 2020.