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The Man Who Hated Work and Loved Labor: The Life and Times of Tony Mazzocchi

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  26 ratings  ·  9 reviews
A CIA-connected labor union, an assassination attempt, a mysterious car crash, listening devices, and stolen documents--everything you'd expect from the latest thriller. Yet, this was the reality of Tony Mazzocchi, the Rachel Carson of the U.S. workplace; a dynamic labor leader whose legacy lives on in today's workplaces and ongoing alliances between labor activists and en ...more
Paperback, 525 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Chelsea Green Publishing Company (first published 2007)
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Dan
Mar 11, 2010 Dan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: labor
Tony Mazzocchi's picture should be up in your grandparents house next to their pictures of the Pope and Frank Sinatra. Because there is a good chance that they are still here because Tony Mazzocchi had vision, intelligence, organizational abilities, and skills, to lead the fight for a cleaner, safer, healthier workplace.

Of course, he would hate that, and he would be the first to say he doesn't deserve that much credit. Which might be true. But what he does deserve is this book, which was wonder
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Brett
An engrossing and important book about one man's journey in the labor movement. Tony Mazzocchi was a visionary, left-wing militant that spent his life fighting for working people. This book is a well-written and insightful account of his life, including his personal failings that so often seem to accompany those that are dedicated to causes larger than themselves.

Without Mazzocchi, it is a fair assumption that OSHA may never have come to exist, the connection between workplace safety and enviro
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Bap
This is an odd book, A bio of a labor guy who tilted against windmills, suffered lots of dissapointments but made a significant contribution. Books like this are often poorly written tributes or scholarly snores. Leopold is a good writer. Mazzocchi was born and raised in Besonhurst, an Italian kid who did not graduate from Hign School, fought in the battle of the Bulge, became a union gadfly. He befriended Karen Silkwood and got her connected up with a New York times reporter before she was run ...more
Jason
Jan 05, 2008 Jason rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Jason by: AIL and NILCO
Really great book for those who are members of a union or for those who are supporters of the labor movement. It really highlights why a desperate shot in the arm is needed to make the labor movement jump like a live wire once again and fulfill the best that Mazzocchi had intended for working people everywhere. Even though he passed in 2002 and I had not heard of him until now. I myself felt tremendous sadness when I read about his passing from pancreatic cancer. It's as if I had known him for q ...more
Red
Jan 11, 2008 Red rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any one who has ever had a job or consumed oil
les leopold will be at red hill on january 14th at 7pm

In The Man Who Hated Work and Loved Labor, author and labor expert Les Leopold recounts the life of the late Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers Union leader Tony Mazzocchi. Mazzocchi's struggle to address the unconscionable toxic exposure of tens of thousands of workers led to the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and included work alongside nuclear whistleblower Karen Silkwood.
Pete Sikora
Jun 29, 2008 Pete Sikora rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: historians and activists
Effective, colorful bio of labor leader Tony Mazzochi. An analysis of current labor issues would have been welcome tho. The book ends with a rah rah for Mazzochi's lively combination of rank-and-file unionism and coalition-building with non-labor allies. However, there's nothing deeper about today, which is a missed opportunity to learn the author's views on the contemporary issues in the context of Mazzochi's life work.
Liz
I'm back in love with labor and feeling like I am a worthless lump of non-contributing, over-consuming, self-absorbed silly putty. This book is huge, but worth the effort if you're at ALL interested in labor, environmental issues, occupational health and safety, politics, and (most especially) the intersection of all of the above. Mazocchi for president. Wait - he's dead. damn.
jim
Wish I had known this guy. There is a clarity and focus to his labor organizing that is rare and wonderful although he appears to have been an impossible human being in other respects. Balanced seeming presentation of a modern hero.
Jeffrey
It's mind blowing to read about someone like Tony Mazzocchi. He was a pioneer for health and safety along with being a true fighter for what is right.
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