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We Can't Eat Prestige: The Women Who Organized Harvard (Labor And Social Change) Hardcover – May 16, 1997

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Temple University Press; First Edition edition (May 16, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566395356
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566395359
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,285,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hoerr's book breaks new ground as it traces how the rising feminist consciousness of the 60's and early 70's fused with working-class, union sensibilities, and how...organizers made mainstream unions bend to accommodate this new mix." --Ellen Clegg, The Boston Globe "Hoerr provides a comprehensive account of the history of the history of the Harvard office workers' struggle to unionize at Harvard...instructive for labor educators, union organizers, and general readers who are interested in women's role in the labor movement and union organizing in academia or in the female-dominated service industries." --Labor Studies Journal "Hoerr's tale of staunch women and Harvard's comeuppance make his book exciting reading." --Jean Alonso, The Women's Review of Books "[We Can't Eat Prestige] is a superb piece of investigative journalism...The book is readable and the story compelling...it provides a richly detailed account of an important episode in late 20th-century women's labor history." --Ruth Milkman, Labor History "This is a valuable book, especially for those interested in the internal operation of unions." --Richard W. Hurd, Industrial and Labor Relations Review "Describes in illuminating detail the motives and aspirations of one group's effort to gain a voice in their workplace." --Choice

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The story of a 15-year fight to form a union of office and lab workers at Harvard University

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By nolsw@bellsouth.net on March 26, 1998
Format: Hardcover
An inspiring rendtion of the labor struggle at Harvard University....starring regular, working-class women who fought for self-determination on the job. Despite problems with organized labor and internal disputes, these 3,500 workers had the staying power and prevailed against a sometimes subtle and sometimes not campaign by Harvard. A labor story for the 90's.
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Format: Paperback
A wonderful telling of how a group of women who cared, brought the power of their collective value to bear on an institution that had refused to acknowledge that value and openly fought their efforts to be recognized, treated with respect, and compensated fairly. The story of how these women found their voice, demanded respect - and job security - from an employer most able, but completely unwilling, to provide either, and then won, was exhilarating; that many were degraded, abused, and fired along the way, and yet still kept working towards the ultimate goals, ones meant not to just benefit current employees, but meant to provide for and protect future employees too was inspiring. Many of these women. John Hoerr offers it up with detail and analysis, but you can feel the passion these women had to hold close to fight the goliath they had taken on. This is very worth the read.
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