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The Civil Wars in U.S. Labor: Birth of a New Workers' Movement or Death Throes of the Old?by Steve Early
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BETWEEN 2008 AND 2010, the progressive wing of the U.S. labor movement tore itself apart in a series of internecine struggles. More than $140 million was expended, by all sides, on organizing conflicts that tarnished union reputations and undermined the campaign for real health care and labor law reform. Campus and community allies, along with many rank-and-file union members, were left angered and dismayed.<
In this incisive new book, labor journalist Steve Early draws on scores of interviews and on his own union organizing experience to explain why and how these labor civil wars occurred. He examines the bitter disputes about union structure, membership rights, organizing strategy, and contract standards that enveloped SEIU, UNITE HERE, the California Nurses Association, and independent organizations like the Federaci�n de Maestros de Puerto Rico and the new National Union of Healthcare Workers in California. Along the way, we meet rank-and-file activists, local union officers, national leaders, and concerned friends of labor who were drawn into the fray.
Longtime trade union leader and journalist Steve Early examines labor's civil wars, offering strategies for turning back labor's thirty-year decline.
"Steve Early has long been a voice of distinctive clarity, honesty and intellectual seriousness in and about the labor movement."—Adolph Reed, Jr., professor of political science, University of Pennsylvania
From forced trusteeships to hostile inter-union raids, the labor movement has been gripped by a civil war that threatens its very existence. Steve Early argues that these polices are an extension of the strategy of labor management collaboration that must be replaced with rank-and-file initiative if American labor is to halt its long decline.
Steve Early was a Boston-based international representative or organizer for the Communications Workers of America for 27 years. As a labor journalist he has written for numerous publications, from The Nation, to New York Times, work which was published as a collection titled Embedded With Organized Labor: Journalistic Reflections on the Class War at Home (Monthly Review Press 2009).
About the Author
Steve Early was a Boston-based international representative or organizer for the Communications Workers of America for 27 years. As a labor journalist he has written for numerous publications, from The Nation, to New York Times, work which was published as a collection titled Embedded With Organized Labor: Journalistic Reflections on the Class War at Home (Monthly Review Press 2009)
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