Strike! Revised, Expanded, and Updated Edition
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Strike! Revised, Expanded, and Updated Edition

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By Jeremy Brecher

In this expanded edition of Strike! you can read about labor-management conflicts that have occurred over the past 140 years. Here you’ll learn much about workers’ struggle to win a degree of justice, from the workers’ point of view. Brecher also examines the ever-shifting roles and configurations of unions, from the Knights of Labor of the 1800s to the AFL-CIO of the 1990s. A new chapter, “Beyond One-Sided Class War,” looks at how modern protest movements, such as the Battle of Seattle and Occupy Wall Street, were ignited and considers the similarities between these challenges to authority and those of labor’s past.

Beginning with the Great Upheaval of 1877, STRIKE! tells of the nation’s great strikes and the social and political climates from which they grew. Readers see the evolution of the strike: from a class-wide struggle across industries to a time of collective bargaining in which “Workers think of their struggle in terms of their own industry or workplace alone.”

Brecher also examines the ever-shifting roles and configurations of unions, from the Knights of Labor of the 1800s, formed in reaction to the elitist trade unions of the day, to the AFL-CIO of the 1990s.

Ending with the 1997 Teamster strike against UPS, STRIKE! illustrates that, throughout recent history, no matter how all encompassing or industry-specific the strike, “The real issue is an attempt by workers to wrest at least a part of the power over their lives away from their employers and exercise it themselves.”

 

“An exciting history of American labor. Brings to life the flashpoints of labor history. Genuinely stirring.”
THE NEW YORK TIMES
462 pages paperback

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