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Rebuilding Labor: Organizing and Organizers in the New Union Movement 1st Edition

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"You've seen the numbers on union density and representation elections. You've heard the AFL-CIO mantra 'organize, organize, organize.' Behind the numbers is the behavior of real people: organizers, workers who want to unionize, and workers who do not. Rebuilding Labor: Organizing and Organizers in the New Union Movement tells their story in compelling terms. This is a powerful book about the reality of unionism in today's United States."―Richard Freeman, Professor of Economics, Harvard University and author of What Do Unions Do? and What Workers Want

"Theory and praxis are here united in a practical, yet methodologically sophisticated set of studies that probe the difficult terrain of twenty-first-century union organizing. Ruth Milkman and Kim Voss are among our most surefooted guides to this new frontier."―Nelson Lichtenstein, Professor of History, University of California at Santa Barbara and author of State of the Union: A Century of American Labor

"With working people facing the worst crisis in generations and corporate power surging out of control, the union movement―now only 8 percent of the private sector workforce―can no longer afford strategies, structures, and cultures that are 75 years old. We need an historic transformation to involve workers and communities in forming unions in whole industries, whole corporations, and whole markets and regions―both in the U.S. and across borders."―Andrew L. Stern, President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

"Rebuilding Labor breaks new ground in providing rich empirical material and careful analysis for understanding the dynamics of contemporary labor organizing. The book as a whole is a very persuasive demonstration of the crucial value of systematic empirical research for the labor movement."―Richard Flacks, University of California at Santa Barbara

About the Author

Ruth Milkman is Professor of Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and Academic Director of CUNY's Murphy Labor Institute. She is the author of several books, including the prizewinning Gender at Work and L.A. Story: Immigrant Workers and the Future of the U.S. Labor Movement. She is the coauthor of Unfinished Business, editor of Organizing Immigrants, and coeditor of New Labor in New York: Precarious Workers and the Future of the Labor Movement, Rebuilding Labor, and Working for Justice, all from Cornell.

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Product Details

  • Series: Ilr Press Book
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: ILR Press; 1 edition (July 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801489024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801489020
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,017,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm happy to see that Amazon will allow you to view the table of contents. This book is a series of academic 'papers' so read the table of contents to see the different topics covered re: organizing labor. This book deals mainly with External Organizing ('organizing the unorganized'). It's informative for the novice organizer but seems to have been written for the established union dealing with organizing rather than for the new organizer herself. The introduction and first four papers (the strategy of organizing rather than maintaining and servicing the contract, the dynamics of union staff vs. member participation, and the two chapters about why and how people resist organization) are helpful to both the new or working organizer and the higher level union staff deciding how to use organizers. The last five papers (how to retain organizing staff, how to best utilize interns, trends in upper level union management, and developing political strategies) seem aimed only at the upper levels of union staff. The different papers have different authors, so some articles are very mathematical and chart-heavy, while others are not. The SEIU and California labor campaigns in particular receive a lot of attention in terms of the 'case studies' and illustrative examples, but the authors move out to broader points applicable to any union. Considering this is a textbook, it flows along pretty well. It is not overly difficult to read, and not overly dry. The individual articles are clearly focused on a single topic each and written in a simple, straightforward manner.
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This book is a good reference tool for the novice Union Organizer. I recommend it highly. It goes over alot of stuff you already know, but it is good to be reminded of such!
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This book examines how the structure of the labour movement and the behavior of organizers and workers impacts union election outcomes.

While comprised mainly of academic papers - the material is accessible and immediately actionable by union organizers and leaders.

I've purchased many copies of this book because every union organizer I have loaned it to likes it so much that they never give it back to me.

Jason Mann, Author: Promoting Your Union: Six strategies to get more organizing leads and union members
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This is a good read and has some great insight into organizing and provides some different ideas on how to face the issues of organizing in todays environment.
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