Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path toward Social Justice / Edition 1

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The U.S. trade union movement finds itself today on a global battlefield filled with landmines and littered with the bodies of various social movements and struggles. Candid, incisive, and accessible, Solidarity Divided is a critical examination of labor's current crisis and a plan for a bold new way forward into the twenty-first century. Bill Fletcher and Fernando Gapasin, two longtime union insiders whose experiences as activists of color grant them a unique vantage on the problems now facing U.S. labor, offer a remarkable mix of vivid history and probing analysis. They chart changes in U.S. manufacturing, examine the onslaught of globalization, consider the influence of the environment on labor, and provide the first broad analysis of the fallout from the 2000 and 2004 elections on the U.S. labor movement. Ultimately calling for a wide-ranging reexamination of the ideological and structural underpinnings of today's labor movement, this is essential reading for understanding how the battle for social justice can be fought and won.

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Editorial Reviews

Black Commentator - David A. Love
“You must read Solidarity Divided.”
Socialism And Democracy - Immanuel Ness
“The book is necessary reading for all students of US labor history and the Left.”
From the Publisher
"You must read Solidarity Divided."--Black Commentator

"The book is necessary reading for all students of US labor history and the Left."--Socialism And Democracy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520255258
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 6/23/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition, A new direction for labor by two of its leading activist intellec
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Fletcher, Jr., co-founder of the Center for Labor Renewal, is a columnist and long-time activist. He served as President of TransAfrica Forum and was formerly the Education Director and later Assistant to the President of the AFL-CIO. He is the author of The Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of
Industrial Relations, 1934-1941.
Fernando Gapasin is a Central Labor Council President, Labor Educator, author, and former professor of
Industrial Relations and Chicana/o Studies at Pennsylvania State University and the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Revelations in South Africa

Introduction: Change to Win and the Split in the AFL-CIO

1. Dukin' It Out: Building the Labor Movement
2. The New Deal
3. The Cold War on Labor
4. The Civil Rights Movements, the Left, and Labor

5. Whose Welfare Matters, Anyway?
6. What's Left for Us?
7. Organizing to Organize the Unorganized

8. The New Voice Coalition Takes Office
9. Developing Strategy in Times of Change
10. Globalization: The Biggest Strategic Challenge
11. Could'a, Would'a, Should'a: Central Labor Councils and Missed Opportunities
International Affairs, Globalization, and 9/11

13. Restlessness in the Ranks
14. Change to Win: A Return to Gompers?
15. Anger, Compromise, and the Paralysis of the Sweeney Coalition
16. Left Behind

17. The Need for Social Justice Unionism
18. The Need for a Global Outlook
19. Realizing Social Justice Unionism: Strategies for Transformation

Appendix A. A Process for Addressing the Future of U.S. Organized Labor
Appendix B. Using Race, Class, and Gender Analysis to Transform Local Unions: A Case Study

About the Authors

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