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Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path Toward Social Justice Paperback – 9 Oct 2009

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"You must read Solidarity Divided." -- David A. Love Black Commentator 20080828 "The book is necessary reading for all students of US labor history and the Left." -- Immanuel Ness Socialism And Democracy 20090701

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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.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A Welcome Return to Class Politics 30 July 2009
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What is the purpose of a union? How should unions respond to the oppression of Blacks, women, immigrants and gays? How should unions relate to the rest of the working class, the employer, and the State? Should existing unions be reformed, or is more fundamental change required?

Solidarity Divided insists that we need new answers to these questions if we hope to reverse "the crisis facing organized labor - indeed the crisis facing the entire US working class." This crisis is marked by declining unionization, inter-union conflict, falling living standards, rising unemployment, growing poverty and deepening oppression.

Solidarity Divided calls for a return to the class-struggle politics that originally built the unions. This call could not be more timely, as today's unions lack the political clarity required to advance their own limited demands, let alone to champion the rights of workers and the oppressed. The questions raised by the authors deserve serious consideration, widespread discussion and further development.

This book is essential reading.

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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
History for Today's Force Majeur Economic Situation 12 Dec 2008
By Matt Verdu - Published on
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Excellent history of general and specifically of-color dynamics in the labor movement.

Documents that organized socialist political groups were most effective, often the only effective, and sometimes the only non-traitors in the realm of labor unions, as far as building from the grassroots level with greater efficiency and in greater numbers, and having better policies for ALL members on issues such as inclusiveness to people of color and less-skilled and immigrants.

Issues and methods to build power for real people today. Global vision.

According to the book, labor has something to fear from a new government "czar" as mediator, nominally, or "czar", literally, between unions and the auto industry in context of bailout money and the political restructuring(see Naomi Klein re "jolt", electroshock, neolib, neocon, Milton Friedman, Chicago School, disaster capitalism, tabla rasa via shock). Read this book to see how labor leaders can get out of touch with rank and file, become yes-men for government when government(NLRB or new nlr-bailout-"czar" is yes-men for industry.

Also has a lot to teach about the current situation, with respect to new frontiers for labor organization, such as cab drivers and maid services, and whether illegal aliens have historically been enfranchised and are they now and whether it is good or bad for US citizen labor to exclude or include so-called illegal aliens.

Great read at any time. Check, for interviews with labor leaders and commentary
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No Longer Divided 3 May 2009
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This is an excellent reading!

Those who are into any type of Labor Studies should definitely pick up this book!.

The front cover art-work is perfect and goes along very well in the point that the author is trying to make in the book.

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