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Reviving the Strike: How Working People Can Regain Power and Transform America Paperback – May 31, 2011
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"An effective and provocative historical approach to a complex problem: How do working Americans and their unions reverse the decline in living standards and employment security in the global economy?"--Larry Cohen, International President of the Communication Workers of America
"American employers think that the strike is pretty much dead. On our side of the bargaining table, too many unions seem to agree. Joe Burn's new book explains why this traditional tool of worker struggle is still relevant and how it can be used effectively in the 21st century. Reviving The Strike deserves a wide labor audience. Union members should not go into bargaining without it!"--Steve Early, author of The Civil Wars in US Labor.
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The whole premise is how to deal with a declining labor movement, hostile employers and anti-labor laws. Specifically, why the labor movement has given up on serious strikes & why striking will be central to reviving organized labor in the U.S.
Shutting down your workplace is the most genuinely effective power that working people have - no workers, no work.
Burns' book provides a ton of examples from labor struggles of the 20th and 21st century without getting bogged down. His analysis of the 'War Zone' in Illinois is particularly helpful because it reflects (on a much bigger scale) the type of struggles I've witnessed as a relatively young person, e.g. corporate campaigns, symbolic pickets, limited civil disobedience, and so on. In an era of labor's decline, I've never witnessed a traditional, open-ended strike that shut down production. This book is eye-opening.
The argument made by Mr. Burns is a compelling one.
I'm really glad I have this book.
Joe Burns raises provocative ideas on what the labour movement should do - and can start doing right now - to rebuild the power of our unions and organize new members.
One of his key arguments is that winning card check by itself is unlikely to bring about a revival in the labour movement. Until working people again have a meaningful way to backup their demands, increasing the number of union members and union density will not necessarily lead to long term success.
Worth a read.
Jason Mann, Author: Promoting Your Union: Six strategies to get more organizing leads and union members
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I just finished reading brother Joe Burns excellent book. He sketches out an excellent short history of how American labor law hamstrung the unions in this country. Read morePublished on May 26, 2012 by Gregory A. Butler
Joe Burns argues that the way to reverse the downward slide of unionization and the labor movement is by returning to the the tactics of a production-halting strike. Read morePublished on September 16, 2011 by Giraffe