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State of the Unions: How Labor Can Strengthen the Middle Class, Improve Our Economy, and Regain Political Influence

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In the tradition of What's the Matter with Kansas? and Nickel and Dimed, this book is deep exploration of the transformative power of unions. Dine was nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize for his labor reporting and named top foreign correspondent by the Overseas Press Club. Dine's op-ed pieces have been published in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Po ...more
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published August 27th 2007 by McGraw-Hill
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Andrew Figueiredo
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great read on unions in America. Goes a long way in dissecting the downward spiral of American labor, although I think it makes labor's revival seem easier than it will actually be. I really like Dine's use of anecdotes to show how labor can recover, but I wish there were more. All in all, an important read for those fascinated by organized labor.
Matt Haynes
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
A pretty good look at unions in America.
Meg
Mar 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Dine pulls off an incredibly difficult feat: writing a book on the current shape of the labor movement that should interest and engage both proponents and critics of organized labor. And he does so by telling stories about unions and union members that even supporters of labor are often unfamiliar with.

Dine's main point is that our entire conversation about unions in America is warped precisely because of our lack of familiarity with these stories. And what we need, more than anythin
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Lawrence
Aug 08, 2008 rated it it was ok
Another one read for professional reasons. Journalists usually seem to know how to tell a story in a compelling way. But I guess this book goes to show that not all can do so in a long format. There are a couple of real solid stories here, but he can't make effective use of the storytelling format to propel the remainder of the book. Too much repetition and unclear organization, overly long meandering sentences, and bad grammar and word choice. Also, I don't appreciate writers who insert themsel ...more
Melissa
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book speaks on the issues facing labor unions in America today. He manages to explain in a non patronizing tone the struggles and gains of the unions today. The claim of the book is to educate those unaware of the stories behind these unions and what they are capable of doing.

I enjoyed this book. I used it in a book report and thought it helped form new opinions and educate those facing the battle of the union wars.
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