They're Bankrupting Us! And 20 Other Myths about Unions
How familiar do these phrases ring? Unions are responsible for budget deficits; they’ve outlived their usefulness; their members are overpaid and enjoy cushy benefits. The only way to save the American economy, many say, is to weaken the labor movement, strip workers of collective bargaining rights, and champion private industry. In They're Bankrupting Us! And 20 Other Myths about Unions, longtime labor activist and educator Bill Fletcher Jr. makes sense of this debate as he unpacks the 21 myths most often cited by anti-union propagandists.
Drawing on his longtime experience in the labor movement, Fletcher traces the historical roots of these myths, offers readers ways of responding and provides his assessment of the missteps of the labor movement. He talks as well of many of labor's significant contributions, such as establishing the 40-hour work week and minimum wage, guaranteeing safe workplaces, and fighting for equity within the workforce. This timely, accessible, "warts and all" book argues, ultimately, that unions are necessary for democracy and ensure economic and social justice for all people. 204 pages paperback