The Death and Life of American Labor

Toward a New Worker's Movement


Author: Stanley Aronowitz

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 1781681945

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

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The decline of the American union movement—and how it can revive, by a leading analyst of labor Union membership in the United States has fallen below 11 percent, the lowest rate since before the New Deal. Labor activist and scholar of the American labor movement Stanley Aronowitz argues that the movement as we have known it for the last 100 years is effectively dead. And he explains how this death has been a long time coming—the organizing and political principles adopted by US unions at mid-century have taken a terrible toll. In the 1950s, Aronowitz was a factory metalworker. In the ’50s and ’60s, he directed organizing with the Amalgamated Clothing Workers and the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers. In 1963, he coordinated the labor participation for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Ten years later, the publication of his book False Promises: The Shaping of American Working Class Consciousness was a landmark in the study of the US working-class and workers’ movements. Aronowitz draws on this long personal history, reflecting on his continuing involvement in labor organizing, with groups such as the Professional Staff Congress of the City University. He brings a historian’s understanding of American workers’ struggles in taking the long view of the labor movement. Then, in a survey of current initiatives, strikes, organizations, and allies, Aronowitz analyzes the possibilities of labor’s rebirth, and sets out a program for a new, broad, radical workers’ movement. From the Hardcover edition.

The Death and Life of American Labor

Toward a New Worker's Movement


Author: Stanley Aronowitz

Publisher: Verso Trade

ISBN: 1781681384

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 192

View: 6302

A longtime scholar of the American union movement argues that the labor movement as we have known it for most of the last 100 years is effectively dead and, by looking at new initiatives, strikes, organizations and allies, analyzes the possibilities of labor's renewal.

The Man Who Never Died

The Life, Times, and Legacy of Joe Hill, American Labor Icon


Author: William M. Adler

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1596916966

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 435

View: 6547

Draws on four years of intensive research to present a full-scale portrait of the legendary American songwriter and union hero that offers new evidence supporting his innocence of the crime for which he was executed. By the author of Land of Opportunity. 25,000 first printing.

Death in the Haymarket

A Story of Chicago, the First Labor Movement And the Bombing That Divided Gilded Age America


Author: James Green

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 1400033225

Category: History

Page: 383

View: 5835

A study of America's early labor movement and the 1886 Haymarket bombing at a Chicaco labor rally that killed several police officers discusses the events of the infamous attack, its sensational aftermath, and its devastating repercussions in terms of the growing union movement. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.

False Promises

The Shaping of American Working Class Consciousness


Author: Stanley Aronowitz

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822311980

Category: Social Science

Page: 470

View: 5916

DIVThis classic study of the American working class, originally published in 1973, is now back in print with a new introduction and epilogue by the author. An innovative blend of first-person experience and original scholarship, Aronowitz traces the historical development of the American working class from post-Civil War times and shows why radical movements have failed to overcome the forces that tend to divde groups of workers from one another. The rise of labor unions is analyzed, as well as their decline as a force for social change. Aronowitz’s new introduction situates the book in the context of developments in current scholarship and the epilogue discusses the effects of recent economic and political changes in the American labor movement./div

Only One Thing Can Save Us

Why America Needs a New Kind of Labor Movement


Author: Thomas Geoghegan

Publisher: New Press, The

ISBN: 1595588655

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

View: 4241

Is labor’s day over or is labor the only real answer for our time? In this new book, National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and labor lawyer Thomas Geoghegan argues that even as organized labor seems to be crumbling, a revived—but different—labor movement is now more relevant than ever in our increasingly unequal society. The inequality reshaping the country goes beyond money and income: the workplace is more authoritarian than ever, and we have even less of a say over our conditions at work. He tells us stories, sometimes humorous but more often chilling, about problems working people like his own clients—cabdrivers, cashiers, even Chicago public school teachers—now face in our largely union-free economy. He then explains why a new kind of labor movement (and not just more higher education) will be crucial for saving what is left of the middle class; pushing Keynes’s original, sometimes forgotten ideas for getting the rich to invest and reduce our balance of trade; and promoting John Dewey’s "democratic way of life"—one that would start in the schools and continue in our places of work. A "public policy" book that is compulsively readable, Only One Thing Can Save Us is vintage Geoghegan, blending acerbic and witty commentary with unparalleled insight into the real dynamics (and human experience) of working in America today.


Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy


Author: John Bowe

Publisher: Random House Incorporated

ISBN: 0812971841

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

View: 4429

Offers a look at the working conditions of forced labor that the government and corporations ignore, decry, but ultimately need, analyzing the moral implications of the inexpensive goods to which the American consumer has become accustomed.

Reorganizing the Rust Belt

An Inside Study of the American Labor Movement


Author: Steven Henry Lopez

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520235657

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 292

View: 3144

Steven Lopez describes the resurgence of American unionism, in which the Service Employees International Union & others have mobilised low paid service workers. Despite employer hostility & punitive legislation, social movement unionism continues to thrive in the US.

The Age of Acquiescence

The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power


Author: Steve Fraser

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316333743

Category: History

Page: 480

View: 9674

A groundbreaking investigation of how and why, from the 18th century to the present day, American resistance to our ruling elites has vanished. From the American Revolution through the Civil Rights movement, Americans have long mobilized against political, social, and economic privilege. Hierarchies based on inheritance, wealth, and political preferment were treated as obnoxious and a threat to democracy. Mass movements envisioned a new world supplanting dog-eat-dog capitalism. But over the last half-century that political will and cultural imagination have vanished. Why? THE AGE OF ACQUIESCENCE seeks to solve that mystery. Steve Fraser's account of national transformation brilliantly examines the rise of American capitalism, the visionary attempts to protect the democratic commonwealth, and the great surrender to today's delusional fables of freedom and the politics of fear. Effervescent and razorsharp, THE AGE OF ACQUIESCENCE will be one of the most provocative and talked-about books of the year.

Workingmen's Democracy

The Knights of Labor and American Politics


Author: Leon Fink

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252012563

Category: Political Science

Page: 249

View: 3495

Labor Will Rule

Sidney Hillman and the Rise of American Labor


Author: Steve Fraser

Publisher: N.A


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 688

View: 7713

Reprint of the Free Press book originally published in 1991 (and warmly received by PW-4/12/91, LJ-4/12/91, and Kirkus 4/15/91). Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Broken Promise

The Subversion Of U.S. Labor Relations


Author: James Gross

Publisher: Temple University Press

ISBN: 9781439903704

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 422

View: 5808

How Muslim-American identity has been shaped by 9/11 and its after effects.

The Death and Life of Great American Cities


Author: Jane Jacobs

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 052543285X

Category: Social Science

Page: 480

View: 7440

Thirty years after its publication, The Death and Life of Great American Cities was described by The New York Times as "perhaps the most influential single work in the history of town planning....[It] can also be seen in a much larger context. It is first of all a work of literature; the descriptions of street life as a kind of ballet and the bitingly satiric account of traditional planning theory can still be read for pleasure even by those who long ago absorbed and appropriated the book's arguments." Jane Jacobs, an editor and writer on architecture in New York City in the early sixties, argued that urban diversity and vitality were being destroyed by powerful architects and city planners. Rigorous, sane, and delightfully epigrammatic, Jacobs's small masterpiece is a blueprint for the humanistic management of cities. It is sensible, knowledgeable, readable, indispensable. The author has written a new foreword for this Modern Library edition.

Grand Master Workman

Terence Powderly and the Knights of Labor


Author: Craig Phelan

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313309489

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 294

View: 6798

Challenges historical opinion of Terence Powderly and his movement to contribute to our greater understanding of labor relations during the Gilded Age.


The Anthology


Author: Stanley Aronowitz,Michael J. Roberts

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 111939547X

Category: Social Science

Page: 568

View: 7987

Using an innovative framework, this reader examines the most important and influential writings on modern class relations. Uses an interdisciplinary approach that combines scholarship from political economy, social history, and cultural studies Brings together more than 50 selections rich in theory and empirical detail that span the working, middle, and capitalist classes Analyzes class within the larger context of labor, particularly as it relates to conflicts over and about work Provides insight into the current crisis in the global capitalist system, including the Occupy Wall Street Movement, the explosion of Arab Spring, and the emergence of class conflict in China

Labor of Love

The Invention of Dating


Author: Moira Weigel

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 0374536953

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 320

View: 2421

It seems as though every week there s a new app available on your smartphone promising dates aplenty just swipe right. A mate, on the other hand, is becoming harder and harder to find. The age-old quest for true love requires more effort than ever before. Let s face it: Dating is work. Which, as it happens, is exactly where it began, in the nineteenth century as prostitution. In Labor of Love, Moira Weigel dives into the secret history of dating while holding up a mirror to the contemporary dating landscape, revealing why we date the way we do and explaining why it feels so much like work. This isn't a guide to getting the guy; there are no ridiculous rules to follow in Labor of Love. This is a brilliant, fresh, and utterly original approach to help us understand how dating was invented and, hopefully, to lead us closer to the happy ending that it promises. Rights Catalog Text.

The Lives of Community Health Workers

Local Labor and Global Health in Urban Ethiopia


Author: Kenneth Maes

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1315400766

Category: Social Science

Page: 188

View: 9900

The importance of community health workers is increasingly recognized within many of today’s most high-profile global health programs, including campaigns focused on specific diseases and broader efforts to strengthen health systems and achieve universal health care. Based on ethnographic work with Ethiopian women and men who provided home-based care in Addis Ababa during the early roll-out of antiretroviral therapies, this book explores what it actually means to become a community health worker in today’s global health industry. Drawing on the author’s interviews with community health workers, as well as observations of their daily interactions with patients and supervisors, this volume considers what motivates them to improve the quality of life and death of the most marginalized people. The Lives of Community Health Workers also illuminates how their contributions at a micro level are intricately linked to policymaking and practice at higher levels in the field of global health. It shows us that many of the challenges that community health workers face in their daily lives are embedded in larger social, economic, and political contexts, and it raises a resounding call for further research into their labour and health systems they inhabit.

The Last Great Strike

Little Steel, the CIO, and the Struggle for Labor Rights in New Deal America


Author: Ahmed White

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520285611

Category: History

Page: 398

View: 9220

In May 1937, seventy thousand workers walked off their jobs at four large steel companies known collectively as “Little Steel.” The strikers sought to make the companies retreat from decades of antiunion repression, abide by the newly enacted federal labor law, and recognize their union. For two months a grinding struggle unfolded, punctuated by bloody clashes in which police, company agents, and National Guardsmen ruthlessly beat and shot unionists. At least sixteen died and hundreds more were injured before the strike ended in failure. The violence and brutality of the Little Steel Strike became legendary. In many ways it was the last great strike in modern America. Traditionally the Little Steel Strike has been understood as a modest setback for steel workers, one that actually confirmed the potency of New Deal reforms and did little to impede the progress of the labor movement. However, The Last Great Strike tells a different story about the conflict and its significance for unions and labor rights. More than any other strike, it laid bare the contradictions of the industrial labor movement, the resilience of corporate power, and the limits of New Deal liberalism at a crucial time in American history.