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Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path toward Social Justice / Edition 1

Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path toward Social Justice / Edition 1

by Bill Fletcher, Fernando Gapasin
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The U.S. trade union movement finds itself today on a global battlefield filled with landmines and littered with the bodies of various social movements and struggles. Candid, incisive, and accessible, Solidarity Divided is a critical examination of labor's current crisis and a plan for a bold new way forward into the twenty-first century. Bill Fletcher and Fernando Gapasin, two longtime union insiders whose experiences as activists of color grant them a unique vantage on the problems now facing U.S. labor, offer a remarkable mix of vivid history and probing analysis. They chart changes in U.S. manufacturing, examine the onslaught of globalization, consider the influence of the environment on labor, and provide the first broad analysis of the fallout from the 2000 and 2004 elections on the U.S. labor movement. Ultimately calling for a wide-ranging reexamination of the ideological and structural underpinnings of today's labor movement, this is essential reading for understanding how the battle for social justice can be fought and won.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520255258
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 06/23/2008
Edition description: First Edition, A new direction for labor by two of its leading activist intellec
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 6.32(w) x 9.14(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author

Bill Fletcher, Jr., co-founder of the Center for Labor Renewal, is a columnist and long-time activist. He served as President of TransAfrica Forum and was formerly the Education Director and later Assistant to the President of the AFL-CIO. He is the author of The Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of
Industrial Relations, 1934-1941.
Fernando Gapasin is a Central Labor Council President, Labor Educator, author, and former professor of
Industrial Relations and Chicana/o Studies at Pennsylvania State University and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Preface: Revelations in South Africa     ix
Introduction: Change to Win and the Split in the AFL-CIO     1
Challenges Facing the U.S. Labor Movement
Dukin' It Out: Building the Labor Movement     9
The New Deal     18
The Cold War on Labor     26
The Civil Rights Movements, the Left, and Labor     32
The Revolution Will not be Televised
Whose Welfare Matters, Anyway?     41
What's Left for Us?     49
Organizing to Organize the Unorganized     59
Sweeney's Grand Gesture
The New Voice Coalition Takes Office     69
Developing Strategy in Times of Change     83
Globalization: The Biggest Strategic Challenge     91
Could'a, Would'a, Should'a: Central Labor Councils and Missed Opportunities     100
International Affairs, Globalization, and 9/11     114
When Silence Isn't Golden
Restlessness in the Ranks     123
Change to Win: A Return to Gompers?     131
Anger, Compromise, and the Paralysis of the Sweeney Coalition     147
Left Behind     152
The Way Forward: Social Justice Unionism
The Need for Social Justice Unionism     165
The Need for a Global Outlook     186
Realizing Social Justice Unionism: Strategies forTransformation     197
A Process for Addressing the Future of U.S. Organized Labor     217
Using Race, Class, and Gender Analysis to Transform Local Unions: A Case Study     225
Notes     245
Bibliography     279
Acknowledgments     287
Index     289
About the Authors     303

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"You must read Solidarity Divided."—Black Commentator

"The book is necessary reading for all students of US labor history and the Left."—Socialism And Democracy

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