By Kim Moody
Original yr of publication: 1988; 1989, 1992, 1993 - reprints
Over the previous decade American hard work has confronted a tidal wave of salary cuts, plant closures and damaged moves. during this first accomplished heritage of the hard work stream from Truman to Reagan, Kim Moody exhibits how the AFL-CIO's conservative ideology of 'business unionism' successfully disarmed unions within the face of a family correct flip and an epochal shift to globalized construction. Eschewing alliances with new social forces in desire of its outdated chilly warfare liaisons and illusory compacts with significant company, the AFL-CIO below George Meany and Lane Kirkland has been compelled to give up a lot of its post-war gains.
With remarkable cognizance to the viewpoints of rank-and-file staff, Moody chronicles the key, yet mostly unreported, efforts of labor's grassroots to discover its means out of the predicament. In case experiences of car, metal, meatpacking and trucking, he strains the increase of 'anti-concession' routine and in different case reviews describes the bold stumbling blocks to the 'organization of the unorganized' within the carrier quarter. a close research of the Rainbow Coalition's strength to unite hard work with different revolutionary teams follows, including a pathbreaking attention of the chances of a brand new 'labor internationalism.'
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