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Hard Work: Remaking the American Labor Movement

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  57 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
This concise overview of the labor movement in the United States focuses on why American workers have failed to develop the powerful unions that exist in other industrialized countries. Packed with valuable analysis and information, Hard Work explores historical perspectives, examines social and political policies, and brings us inside today's unions, providing an excellen ...more
Paperback, 259 pages
Published June 16th 2004 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 2004)
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Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lefty, labor
This is a great book that I highly recommend, not just for labor types, but also those who have no direct experience with labor unions nor count themselves as part of the labor movement. I especially recommend this book for smart members of the public who are ambivalent or against labor unions.

While the book is intended to explain American organized labor to a European audience, it serves as a great introduction to an American audience (I realize that his point actually is a sad statement about
Oct 20, 2007 rated it liked it
I read this book in preparation for a job screening that I am attending on Tuesday. SEIU (Service Employees International Union) is currently hiring/training new organizers...and I think I'd very much like to be involved.

Until very recently I didn't think very much about the labor movement or unions. It seemed to me that the peak for unions occurred even before my parents were born and that the current trends in the corporate realm create immense obstacles for unions to overcome. When I thought
Sep 02, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who want to learn about the US labor movement today
I picked this up because one of my former professors just started using this text in a social movements class (replacing Poor People's Movements/American Dream book-and-film combo from when I took the course), which I was going to visit. So I thought I'd be a good student and read the book. Three stars for me-- the material was nothing new to me, but I think it would be a good choice for those who aren't in the muck on labor stuff. And really, aside from this, there aren't many books out there t ...more
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Damn. This book is an incredibly succinct introduction to the American labor movement and everything that ails it. (And, occasionally, everything there is to be hopeful about it.) It basically covers almost all of American labor history in less than 200 pages--from the early days of social movement-minded Knights of Labor unionism, to the uprisings of the 1930s, to the pacification and bureaucratization of labor in the WWII/postwar era, to the beginning of labor's decline in the 1970s and the ra ...more
Kyle Warner
Nov 22, 2012 rated it liked it
I think this book was a pretty good brief history of the American labor movement. A good introduction but that is not why I purchased it. Based on the title I was expecting something more along the lines of a prescription for REMAKING THE AMERICAN LABOR MOVEMENT.
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lucid, succinct, and insightful analysis of what ails the United States labor movement. Begins to offer a blueprint for future organizing avenues. Fantastic broad diagnosis of labor movement in the Neoliberal era.
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