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Labor Rising: The Past and Future of Working People in America Paperback – July 3, 2012
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Essays examine the history, the present, and the probable future of the labor movement and the actual milieu in which the ninety-nine percent and our offspring have been condemned.
Outsourcing and insourcing of a temp nature are exposed and most "new jobs" are shown as low pay, no benefit dead ends. The gig jobs are a highly frightening disenfranchising device engineered to devoid employees of the American dream. Contractual work, 89 day and out temps and independent contractors are totally disposable.
The history of labor contains multitudinous examples of how Those Who Rule Over Us use government, courts and police to stymie the unions and the rights of workers. In Washington, one essayist asserts that money can buy anything...not an original thought but one difficult to argue against.
Another essayist maintains the Reagan era was not a return to less government but a return to the norm of the gilded age, a beginning of the end of a few generations of prosperity for the worker.
Part five: Beyond borders is particularly interesting.
In the summary, the authors state: "So there may be a future in labor in the United States.Read more ›
The rest of the authors provide a kind of collage-portrait of where we as a labor movement are today and identify several interesting avenues by which organized labor can address some of this nation's most pressing problems. This is a measured, thoughtful discussion wich is not limited soley to organized labor but also the broad middle class it forged and its centrality to our national health.
A labor recruiter.