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In Solidarity: Essays on Working-Class Organization in the United States
In Solidarity
Essays on Working-Class Organization in the United States
Paperback      ISBN: 1608463265
"In this thorough collection of inspiring and informed essays, Kim Moody, one of the world's most authoritative and recognized labor writers, analyzes the past, present, and future of unions in the United States. With a sharp understanding of Marxist theory and labor history, Moody charts a well-reasoned course for the future of rank-and-file struggle.Kim Moody was a founder of Labor Notes and is a member of the National Union of Journalists and a senior research fellow at the Work and Employment Unit ofthe University of Hertfordshire. "--
Stanley's Girl: Poems
Stanley's Girl
Poems
Paperback      ISBN: 150171970x
The fiercely lyrical poetry of Stanley’s Girl is rooted in Susan Eisenberg’s experience as one of the first women to enter the construction industry and from her decades gathering accounts of others to give scaffolding to that history. Eisenberg charts her own induction into the construction workplace culture and how tradeswomen from across the...
Rivethead: Tales from the Assembly Line
Rivethead
Tales from the Assembly Line
Paperback      ISBN: 0446394009
A former "shoprat" in a Michigan auto plant offers a gritty account of life in the world of manufacturing, on and off the assembly line. Reprint. NYT. PW.
Reform or Repression: Organizing America's Anti-Union Movement
Reform or Repression
Organizing America's Anti-Union Movement
Hardcover      ISBN: 0812247760
Examining the professional lives of a variety of businessmen and their advocates with the intent of taking their words seriously, Chad Pearson paints a vivid picture of an epic contest between industrial employers and labor, and challenges our comfortable notions of Progressive Era reformers.
Gig: Americans Talk About Their Jobs
Gig
Americans Talk About Their Jobs
Paperback      ISBN: 0609807072
A diverse group of 120 people talk about their lives and work in the "new economy," describing a wide variety of careers from the conventional to the bizarre, from a personal injury trial lawyer, nurse, and journalist to an adult web mistress, crime scene cleaner, and telephone psychic. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
Janesville: An American Story
Janesville
An American Story
Paperback      ISBN: 1501102265
“A gripping story of psychological defeat and resilience” (Bob Woodward, The Washington Post)—an intimate account of the fallout from the closing of a General Motors assembly plant in Janesville, Wisconsin, and a larger story of the hollowing of the American middle class. This is the story of what happens to an industrial town in the American heartland when its main factory shuts down—but it’s not the familiar tale. Most observers record the immediate shock of vanished jobs, but few stay around long enough to notice what happens next when a community with a can-do spirit tries to pick itself up. Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter Amy Goldstein spent years immersed in Janesville, Wisconsin, where the nation’s oldest operating General Motors assembly plant shut down in the midst of the Great Recession. Now, with intelligence, sympathy, and insight into what connects and divides people in an era of economic upheaval, Goldstein shows the consequences of one of America’s biggest political issues. Her reporting takes the reader deep into the lives of autoworkers, educators, bankers, politicians, and job re-trainers to show why it’s so hard in the twenty-first century to recreate a healthy, prosperous working class. “Moving and magnificently well-researched...Janesville joins a growing family of books about the evisceration of the working class in the United States. What sets it apart is the sophistication of its storytelling and analysis” (Jennifer Senior, The New York Times). “Anyone tempted to generalize about the American working class ought to meet the people in Janesville. The reporting behind this book is extraordinary and the story—a stark, heartbreaking reminder that political ideologies have real consequences—is told with rare sympathy and insight” (Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Soul of a New Machine).
American City: A Rank And File History Of Minneapolis
American City
A Rank And File History Of Minneapolis
Paperback      ISBN: 0816646074
First published in 1937, this work by journalist and labor activist Walker describes the 1934 truckers' strike in Minneapolis, widely perceived as a favorable turning point for the American labor movement, in spite of the attempts at violent suppression by business and police forces. He begins with a labor/business history of the city before recoun
Janesville: An American Story
Janesville
An American Story
Hardcover      ISBN: 1501102230
The author spent years immersed in Janesville, Wisconsin, where the nation's oldest operating General Motor's assembly plant shut down in the middle of the Great Recession and follows the town as it attempts to pick itself up.
The End of Loyalty: The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs in America
The End of Loyalty
The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs in America
Hardcover      ISBN: 1586489143
Tracing the history of the social contract between companies and their employees, and showing how it has been ripped apart, a senior advisor at the Drucker Institute discusses four iconic American companies over 70 years, bringing to light the many acts that have comprised a kind of biography of the American Dream gone sideways. 20,000 first printing.
Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few
Saving Capitalism
For the Many, Not the Few
Paperback      ISBN: 0345806220
From the author of Aftershock and The Work of Nations, his most important book to date—a myth-shattering breakdown of how the economic system that helped make America so strong is now failing us, and what it will take to fix it. Perhaps no one is better acquainted with the intersection of economics and politics than Robert B. Reich, and now he reveals how power and influence have created a new American oligarchy, a shrinking middle class, and the greatest income inequality and wealth disparity in eighty years. He makes clear how centrally problematic our veneration of the “free market