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Why Unions Matter

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"A comprehensive, readable introduction to the history, structure, functioning, and yes, the problems of U.S. unions. For labor and political activists just coming on the scene or veterans looking for that missing overview, this is the best place to start."

"--Kim Moody, author of Workers in a Lean World"

With historical sidebars ranging from the Industrial Workers of the Wo...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published December 1st 1998 by Monthly Review Press (first published May 1st 1998)
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This is a basic explanation of what unions are for, and the history of them. I knew most of the history/philosophy surrounding them already, so I wasn't too surprised by anything. I had a hard time relating, because I feel that the corporation I work for treats its employees well enough, so that a union is not necessary. Though I do support unions for blue collar trades and teachers. Just a few facts and phrases I took away from the book:

-Crossing picket lines
-Rank and file
-Right to work states...more
This comprehensive and readable introduction to unions is the best overview of unions and unionism in the U.S. that I have seen. Michael Yates clearly and convincingly makes the case that a new labor movement is the best way to bring the changes needed in our country.

Those of us involved in local union work need information on why workers need unions, how unions form, how they operate, how collective bargaining works, the role of unions in politics, and how unions really do help workers and soci...more
The second edition of this good-quality introduction to labor unions, how they work, and their history, includes updated information and analysis about developments in labor politics during the first decade of the 21st century.

The author has extensive background knowledge and experience working with labor unions. In addition to his teaching career he spent time working for the UFW. The book calls for enhanced labor education and an independent social movement devoted to working class solidarity...more
Good, but I must admit I was mostly interested in the history of unions. The parts of the book that covered that topic were more enjoyable for me. Most of this book is about convincing you that unions matter. Quelle surprise! And he makes a strong case. I just would have liked a little more historical background. Picky, I know. Still looking for a good history of the union movement.
Aug 21, 2007 Kim rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
A great introductory-type book to the labor movement and how truly crucial it is to so many other social issues. A bit outdated now (I think it's ten or some years old), but it definitely gives you quite a bit to think on and might inspire the radical in you ;-) If for nothing else, it's something important to understand.
A good introduction to unions. And why they matter ;) Good historical background which gives some perspective on how the labor movement has ended up where it is today (or 10 years ago, when the book was written anyway).
While this is a decent introductory to Unions it is woefully outdated.
Erica Reichert
An excellent introduction to the importance of unions for society.
a fine introduction to the labor movement
I wonder if there is an updated version...
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