Upheaval in the Quiet Zone: 1199/SEIU and the Politics of Healthcare Unionism / Edition 2

Upheaval in the Quiet Zone: 1199/SEIU and the Politics of Healthcare Unionism / Edition 2

by Leon Fink, Brian Greenberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0252076052

ISBN-13: 9780252076053

Pub. Date: 01/21/2009

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

This new second edition updates the dramatic story of 1199SEIU, an insurgent labor union that eventually established itself as a vital force in the modern labor movement. When SEIU president Andrew Stern laid plans in 2006 for a new national health care workers union that would both reach out to the unorganized and campaign for universal, national health insurance,

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Overview

This new second edition updates the dramatic story of 1199SEIU, an insurgent labor union that eventually established itself as a vital force in the modern labor movement. When SEIU president Andrew Stern laid plans in 2006 for a new national health care workers union that would both reach out to the unorganized and campaign for universal, national health insurance, he turned to 1199 president Dennis Rivera—and the 1199 political model—to lead the effort. With new material that updates the union's history since the 1990s, this book conveys the promise and problems of movement-building in the twenty-first century health care industry.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252076053
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
01/21/2009
Series:
Working Class in American History Series
Edition description:
Second edition
Pages:
392
Sales rank:
787,543
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1 Before the Union: The Hospital Worker as Involuntary Philanthropist 1

2 Awakening at Montefiore: The Hospital That Refused to Fight 28

3 The Brewing Storm: Organizing from the Ground Up 44

4 The Battle of '59: Anatomy of a Hospital Strike 63

5 Staying Alive: The Search for Legal Recognition 91

6 Coming of Age: Building an Effective Union in the 1960s 112

7 Stayed on Freedom: A Labor Crusade behind the Magnolia Curtain 129

8 High Expectations and Harsh Realities: Confronting a Changing Health Care System in the 1970s 159

9 1199 Exceptionalism: Taking Stock of the First Generation 181

10 Union Power, Soul Power: When the Solution Becomes the Problem 209

11 Picking Up the Pieces: 1199's Recipe for Revival in the Dennis Rivera Era 244

12 1199 Exceptionalism Revisited: The Politics of Partnership 262

Epilogue: SEIU Healthcare - Rx for Growth or a Family Feud? 287

Notes 301

List of Interviews 349

Index 351

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