"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.