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"Richard Kahlenberg and Moshe Marvit make a persuasive case for strengthening workers' rights in a time of rising inequality. They also offer a clear-eyed analysis of the linked destiny of the labor and civil rights movements in America. In these times when civil rights and workers rights are under simultaneous attack, this book is a must read."—Benjamin Todd Jealous, NAACP President and CEO
"Organizing all too often under current law is "a right without a remedy." Kahlenberg and Marvit provide a persuasive roadmap for extending the protections of the Civil Rights Act to workers who want to organize a union. Why Labor Organizing Should Be a Civil Right provides a significant conceptual and practical framework for protecting the rights of workers to organize and for advancing equal opportunity, economic fairness, and social justice."—Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers
"The growing disconnect between productivity and wages in America is not the result of some set of economic physical laws of nature, as some would have us believe, but instead directly linked to the political attacks by the right to undermine the laws of collective bargaining. While today's labor laws and employment arrangements would benefit from an overhaul, it is unlikely that the political space and will for reform will result without a call to make economic justice the civil rights issue of our day. Richard Kahlenberg and Moshe Marvit's prescription is just what our nation needs. This book is a must read!!!"—Amy B. Dean, principal of ABD Ventures, LLC, and Former President and CEO, South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council
"This book couldn't come at a better time—just as America is beginning to discuss how to address our record high economic inequality. The future of the American middle class depends upon rebuilding the labor movement. Kahlenberg and Marvit offer a provocative solution to address the failures with the law that have so weakened unions. The book should spark a needed conversation about how to best ensure that workers can join a union if they want."—David Madland, Director, American Worker Project, Center for American Progress
Richard D. Kahlenberg is a senior fellow at The Century Foundation and author, most recently, of Tough Liberal: Albert Shanker and the Battles over Schools, Unions, Race and Democracy (Columbia University Press, 2007). He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. Moshe Marvit practices both labor and employment discrimination law, and is pursuing a PhD in labor history at Carnegie Mellon University.