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America Needs a Raise
     

America Needs a Raise

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by John J. Sweeney
 
The new president of the AFL-CIO offers his manifesto: a blunt yet compassionate account of the dilemmas facing American workers of all kinds--high tech and low, immigrant and native born, blue collar and white. As he presents a visionary plan to reverse the growing insecurity and inequality of American life, Sweeney targets the growing disparity between rich and poor

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The new president of the AFL-CIO offers his manifesto: a blunt yet compassionate account of the dilemmas facing American workers of all kinds--high tech and low, immigrant and native born, blue collar and white. As he presents a visionary plan to reverse the growing insecurity and inequality of American life, Sweeney targets the growing disparity between rich and poor, the racial polarization and ethnic animosity, and indicts corporate America for its "lean and mean" abdication of social responsibility.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a ringing manifesto, Sweeney, the new president of the AFL-CIO, argues that a rebuilt, revitalized U.S. labor movement could serve as the core of a larger progressive effort to redirect politics toward the basic issues facing us all: jobs, wages, pensions, health care, education and retraining. Americans, he contends, are working longer hours yet plunging deeper into debt because they no longer share in the gains of their growing productivitya 24% jump since 1979. He also blames corporate "downsizing," massive firings that have replaced millions of secure, well-paying, often union jobs with lower-paid or temporary labor. Sweeney sets forth a broad strategy: organize workers and win wage increases in entire industries. His clearly written, pithy book would have benefited from additional, specific proposals for both union and nonunion workers. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Sweeney was elected president of the AFL-CIO in October 1995 in the first ever contested election for that office. His decision to run was based on his feeling that unions had become weak and that it was time to restore respect for working Americans. His book is part of that plan. In examining events, Sweeney considers not only the labor movement but also globalization, downsizing, technology, big govenment, new skills, and other issues that have affected American workers. Although critical of corporate actions, he also faults the union movement for its declining role. He does not outline a strategy for revitalizing the unions but does offer some examples in a first-person narrative that is informal and full of anecdotes about economic and social issues. An optional choice for libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/96.]Joshua Cohen, Mid-Hudson Lib. System, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395823002
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/02/1996
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.55(h) x 0.73(d)

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America Needs a Raise 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Sweeney does an excellant job of articulating the vision which this country must follow. Reading this book in the W. Bush era seems all too tragic - while we pass tax cuts for the rich, deregulation and privatization schemes, the ideas articulated in this book - health care, education, jobs, etc. - are readily ignored by the new Administration. Long live the New Deal. Long live justice. Long live the labor movement.