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    Labor's Last Stand: Why the US Labor Movement is Dying, and Why it Does Not Have to Die (Hardback) By (author) Jane McAlevey

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    DescriptionOnly about 7.5 percent of American private-sector workers belong to a union, the lowest percentage since the beginning of the twentieth century, and public employee collective bargaining is under fire in Wisconsin, Ohio, and elsewhere. What happened to the US labor movement? Jane McAlevey swept to fame - and notoriety - as the hard-charging "Hurricane Jane" who helped make Las Vegas one of the few labor success stories of recent years. Then she was bounced from the movement, a victim of the high-level internecine warfare that has torn apart organized labor. In an engrossing, suspenseful and funny narrative - that reflects the personality of its charismatic, intense and wise-cracking author - McAlevey tells the story of her amazing organizing victories and lifts the lid on the civil wars inside organized labor. Labor's Last Stand unearths the reasons for the movement's downfall and emphatically argues that labor can be revived.


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    Title
    Labor's Last Stand
    Subtitle
    Why the US Labor Movement is Dying, and Why it Does Not Have to Die
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jane McAlevey
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 549 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781844678853
    ISBN 10: 1844678857
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    LC classification: HD8072.5 .M385 2012
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    Publisher
    Verso Books
    Imprint name
    Verso Books
    Publication date
    20 November 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    JANE McALEVEY has been an organizer in the labor and environmental justice movements for the last twenty years. She is a PhD candidate at CUNY Graduate Center and lives in New York.
    Review quote
    "This book is gripping, funny, sad, and very thought-provoking. Jane McAlevey uses her own experiences in a movement that has been undergoing dramatic changes--within a workforce that has undergone even greater changes--to suggest to the reader the necessity and potential for a transformation of the union movement into a real labor movement. Once I started reading it, there was no stopping."--Bill Fletcher Jr., author of ""They're Bankrupting Us!" And Twenty Other Myths about Unions" "This book casts a bright light on the problems of American unions. Jane McAlevey gives us an on-the-ground account of the obstacles the union hierarchy throws in the path of a bold and energetic organizing effort that scored a string of brilliant successes before the hierarchy cracked down. We need to read this book and learn its lessons partly for what it tells us is wrong about unions, but also because it demonstrates that good organizers can in fact succeed. That message is heartening because the simple truth is that we can't rebuild a democratic left in the United States without a revived labor movement."--Frances Fox Piven, author of "Who's Afraid of Frances Fox Piven?" ""Raising Expectations" is a breath-taking trip through the union-organizing scene of America in the 21st century. In the battles McAlevey recounts, hardly anyone comes out standing tall. But her story, along with those of so many brave health care workers, fills me with hope."--Barbara Ehrenreich, author of "Nickel and Dimed" "This book renews my faith that organizing works. It calls for a new kind of unionism and makes a compelling case for a new vision for the American labor movement. In the 'whole worker theory' that McAlevey tested and retested in real life campaigns, all the issues negatively impacting the poor, working and middle class become the cause of unions, not simply wages and narrowly defined workplace conditions. At a time when climate change is wreaking havoc at home and abroad