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Confessions of a Union Buster

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A former union buster exposes the dirty tricks that elevated him to the top of his profession and that have transformed the war on organized labor into a billion-dollars-per-year industry. This book is the story of a man who has decided to come in out of the cold, to clear his conscience, and to share the hard lessons he has learned. Line drawings.
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 24th 1993 by Crown
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Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
He started looking around the hospital. What he saw disturbed him: hundreds of workers, most of them blacks and other minorities, toiled for years at heavy, dirty, emotionally draining jobs for rock-bottom pay. The workers were frightened and distrustful, even of one another. They had no protection from the disciplinary whims of their erratic supervisors, no job guarantees, little hope for promotions, and no hope at all of one day earning a living wage. The more Jim saw, the more he wanted to kn ...more
Zach Blume
Apr 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Written by someone who is not a writer, so the quality reflects that: however, the horrible things this guy did in his life, the inside emotional perspectives from the anti-union side, and the engrossing anti-hero narrative makes it a quick read that is also helpful in confirming a lot about what most of us suppose is going through the heads of bad people.
Adil Ahmed
sensationalist. the guy made a career, then writes a book after he's all done saying its a sham. i guess we all atone, but his tone is self-laudatory. no stars. hah. ...more
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great and essential book for any union organizer to read. The book gets a little dry at parts but learning about the ins and outs of the union buster was interesting and pretty horrifying.
Dayrius Tay Jiale
May 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
An insightful peek into the machinations of union busters. The first third of the book is chock full with anti-union tactics and relevant legislative history, granting readers a deeper understanding to modern unionization drives like at Amazon. Martin lays out specific ploys, including roundtable meetings, legal obstruction and withholding of information which make this the Bible for unionizers. Unfortunately, as Martin explores his relationships and health problems, the book devolves into an in ...more
April Helms
This was recommended to show some of the tactics a business could use and have used to try to thwart unionizing efforts. Wow. It was an eye opener. This was written by a lawyer who specialized in advising management on how to stop organization efforts, and he had a successful record. Towards the end, he realized what harm he was doing (one of the last companies he went to, even he realized they needed protections).
Apr 13, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: junk
The blurb strongly reminds me of the experience of former sex workers who decided to feed the confirmation biases of moralists in order to gain a living. They would lie, distort, and exaggerate every piece of information. Still, I am curious about Levitt's story and I will be back after reading the book. ...more
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is simply a MUST-READ for anyone involved in anything in even the most remote orbit of ANY union goings-on. Fantastic.
Feb 20, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone. People don't know this goes on.
This book took forever to read because of all the personal fluff crap about Marty Levitt's sad little life dispersed throughout. Despite all the garbage about Levitt's alcoholism, ruined personal life, etc., there is a lot to be learned about union busting tactics in this book. Read it if you think you can stand reading about a sad, abominable human being along the way. ...more
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
"In a witch hunt, witches are always in great supply... Disloyalty could be anything: a gripe, a snide remark, a little cheating with the time clock, a mistake, whatever we could use to raise [the Boss's] ire and put pressure on a troublemaker." (p. 106) ...more
Oct 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This provides excellent insight into what tactics companies are capable of in their quest to prevent organizing, but also those used once a union is in place.
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