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Poor Workers' Unions: Rebuilding Labor From Below

by Vanessa Tait
£14.99   paperback  South End Press (2005)

Poor Workers Domestic workers. Undocumented migrants. Workfare laborers. Long regarded by traditional trade unions as "unorganizable", these and millions of other poor workers are becoming the new face of labor. An essential primer to the "other labor movement", this book presents the community/labour partnerships, workers' centres and independent caucuses that are revitalizing labor for the 21st century. Making extensive use of organizational archives and interviews with organizers, activist-writer Vanessa Tait deftly illuminates key connections between the social justice movements of the last fifty years and today's most innovative labor organizing.

"Finally, the book we've all been waiting for! With gripping tales of grassroots experiments in social justice unionism from the 1960s to the present, Vanessa Tait cracks wide open our concept of what a labor movement looks like, and shows how it can be part and parcel of movements for racial and gender justice. In the process she does a stunning job of helping us imagine workers' movements that are creative, democratic, and above all, build power from below - pointing the way to a vibrant future for labor"
(Dana Frank, author of 'Buy American: the Untold Story of Economic Nationalism')

ISBN 13: 9780896087149 | ISBN 10: 089608714x

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