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A great mix of past, present and future as to the necessity of a strong labor movement to fight back against the growing inequality in the US. We have to get more creative people and keep on organizing!
The author has a very deep background in labor issues, and writes with passion on his topic. I have some personal experience in dealing with labor contracts from the management side. I bought this book to learn a bit more on the background of laws that govern labor relations in the U.S., but this is not a focus of the book. It is written to convey personal stories of individuals who have shaped labor in the U.S. over the past century, and also some who are trying to improve the situation of hourly workers in the present time. If you are thinking about buying this book, you should understand that it has an absolute pro-labor stance that reduces its objectivity and therefore the amount of information conveyed.
The author discusses what a new worker movement should be, and predominately blames employers for the poor conditions for workers. The book would be more influential if he spoke of why the states are in debt because of pension issues, how unions have protected poor teachers for years (NYC’s rubber rooms) where poor performing teachers sat since they had tenure, how budgets are bloated. Also, citizens—not only businesses—are reluctant to raise their own taxes to fund schools. Part of the issue—not discussed in the book—is we pay for what we value, and sports and entertainment people get the big bucks while teachers, nurses, first responders are the forgotten ones. I wish the author had focused on some of the glaring issues and balance needed in oursociety.
Extremely lucid review of the rise and decline of the labor movement and its causes. Also a hopeful and informed view of contemporary efforts to give workers greater voice and leverage. Clear over all narrative spiced with individual stories which bring principals to life.
An extraordinary book by a labor and employment expert who covered worker rights for many years at the New York Times. The author explores the decline in private sector labor union membership over the past forty years from thirty-five percent to below seven percent and the concomitant increase in economic inequality. He explores what unions have to do if they hope to expand their membership and advance the rights of working class individuals.
Great book about the rise of labor unions and their subsequent fall at the hands of hostile legislators. It's very readable and very educational. They did a lot of good One hopes they can become strong again. We need them.