With Just Cause: Unionization of the American Journalist

Overview

With Just Cause is a collection of essays on the relationship between the trend toward unionization and the development of the newspaper publishing industry. Selected Contents: Where We Came From: A Brief History of the Writers Guild of America; Uniting Freelance Writers: The National Writers Union; Printing Trades Unions in the Media; Collective Bargaining: A Foundation for Worker Rights; The Union Shop: Requiring Journalists to Join a Union; Media Unions Before the American Newspaper Guild; The Open Shop ...
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Overview

With Just Cause is a collection of essays on the relationship between the trend toward unionization and the development of the newspaper publishing industry. Selected Contents: Where We Came From: A Brief History of the Writers Guild of America; Uniting Freelance Writers: The National Writers Union; Printing Trades Unions in the Media; Collective Bargaining: A Foundation for Worker Rights; The Union Shop: Requiring Journalists to Join a Union; Media Unions Before the American Newspaper Guild; The Open Shop Agreement of the A.N.P.A.; Anticommunism in the New York Newspaper Guild; Who Killed the Herald Tribune; Endorsing Politicians and Social Issues: Freedom of Speech and a Union's Right v. Media Credibility and an Illusion of Objectivity; A Brief Look at Publishers and Newspaper Carriers; 'When It's Over, We Won't Care About You Anymore" The Mainstream Press Covers Labor; The Labor Press in America.
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Editorial Reviews

Industrial and Labor Relations Review
...a welcome addition to the literature....a lively and informative book one can read with profit while awaiting a comprehensive, up-to-date history of this important and growing sector of the union movement.
Libertarian Labor Review
It offers useful case studies of several labor disputes from the past three decades, and concludes with several articles on current issues facing media unions and media workers.
Labor Herald
In 44 chapters, Brasch and several of the nation's leading journalists and labor leaders explore everything from the need for the creation of media unions...to how the media cover labor.
The Guild Reporter
It consists of 44 items: documents, reprints, and some original articles, among which several of the best were written by Brasch himself.
The Illinois Publisher
...comprehensive, compelling, well-reasoned, -written and -packaged, and a useful reference for recent journalism school graduates or seasoned personnel directors at newspapers.
In These Times
...the book provides a great deal of material that will be invaluable to organizers today.
The Labor Paper
With Just Cause not only is about journalism, it is journalism, with the crucial element of objectivity present throughout.
Editor and Publisher
This volume...a kind of bible on the subject.
Booknews
Forty-four essays discuss the media unions, legal and historical foundations, and contemporary social issues, both internal and external. In his preface, Braasch claims his motivation for the book came from a conversation with a naive young journalist who had completed journalism school without a clue that collective bargaining and unions had arisen for some very good reasons. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819183606
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 1/13/1992
  • Pages: 511
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Walter M. Brasch is Professor of Journalism at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. He is also the author of The Press and the State (UPA, 1986) and Forerunners of the Revolution (UPA, 1990).
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