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A new labor movement for the new century
Mantsios, Gregory.
Publication Information:
New York : Monthly Review Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
xix, 353 pages ; 23 cm
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Also published by: New York : Garland Pub., c1998.
Creating democratic communities in the workplace / Whose democracy? organized labor and member control / "New labor movement" in the shell of the old? / What does labor stand for? / Taking the offensive, turning the tide / Membership-based organizing / Successful organizing at the local level : the experience of AFSCME district council 1707 / Moving innovation from the margins to the center / Women workers : strategies for inclusion and rebuilding unionism / Getting serious about inclusion : a comprehensive approach / Challenge of diversity and inclusion in the AFL-CIO / Transforming unions and building a movement / Blocking bridges : class-based politics and the labor movement / Labor's role in the political arena / Building a party of our own / Politics of leadership : the role of unions in developing policy initiatives / Developing and enforcing international labor standards / New voice, new internationalism / International labor solidarity in an era of global competition / Building a member-based international program
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"This spirited collection is indispensable reading for anyone who wants to know what it will take for unions to inspire and mobilize a mass movement that will transform our nation, deepen our commitment to justice and democracy, and promote the inclusiveness that is key both to the labor movement and sustained economic growth."
--Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., President, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition

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Booklist Review

Last year's strike against UPS and the more recent one against GM have gained visibility for the labor movement. At the same time, labor leaders have seen indications that the trend toward declining union rolls may have been halted. Given these signs of a revived labor movement, the contributors to this collection of 21 essays from the Queens College Labor Resource Center ask whether labor has learned the lessons of the past and whether union leaders are willing to make the changes necessary to adapt to both a changing workforce and a changing workplace. The collection is grouped into five parts: democracy, ideology, and change; organizing the unorganized; diversity and inclusion; parties and politics; and international affairs. Encouraged by the election of John Sweeney (who adds an afterword) and his New Voice slate to head the AFL-CIO in 1995, this cross section of union activists and leaders makes its case for a more inclusive and democratic labor movement. --David Rouse

Choice Review

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that US union membership density fell to 13.9 percent of the nonagricultural workforce in 1998, continuing a three-decade decline. This volume examines the causes of and solutions to organized labor's deterioration. It is organized in five major sections, each containing several essays on the following topics: democracy and unions; new organizing strategies; unions and diversity; unions and politics; and unions and international affairs. Contributors, numbering more than 25, include union leaders, union activists, and academics. Generally, the authors point to the 1995 election of AFL-CIO president John Sweeney as an important change of direction in the labor movement and support his attempts to create a diverse, unified working-class movement in the US. Sweeney states in the book's afterword that his goal was not simply to win the election, "but to renew the labor movement by involving union members across the country and attracting the attention of unrepresented workers, the news media, and potential allies throughout society." Whether he can accomplish that goal in light of American employers' traditional hostility to unions is debatable. In any event, the articles offer a number of tactics for revitalizing the labor movement. Public and academic library collections. R. L. Hogler Colorado State University

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