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Beyond $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists, and the Revival of the Labor Movement

Beyond $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists, and the Revival of the Labor Movement

by Jonathan Rosenblum

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The inside story of the first successful $15 minimum wage campaign that renewed a national labor movement

With captivating narrative and insightful commentary, labor organizer Jonathan Rosenblum reveals the inside story of the first successful fight for a $15 minimum wage, which renewed a national labor movement through bold strategy and broad inclusiveness. Just outside Seattle, an unlikely alliance of Sea-Tac Airport workers, union and community activists, and clergy staged face-to-face confrontations with corporate leaders to unite a diverse, largely immigrant workforce in a struggle over power between airport workers and business and political elites. Digging deep into the root causes of poverty wages, Rosenblum gives a blunt assessment of the daunting problems facing unions today. Beyond $15 provides an inspirational blueprint for a powerful, all-inclusive labor movement and is a call for workers to reclaim their power in the new economy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807098097
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 02/07/2017
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 648 KB

About the Author

Jonathan Rosenblum has been a labor organizer for more than thirty years, playing key roles including Sea-Tac Airport campaign director. His writing has been featured in Tikkun, In These Times, and Yes! Magazine. He lives in Seattle, WA.

Table of Contents

Lessons in Power

An Introduction to Power Inequality

Power Shift

Game Changer: Sea-Tac and the Fight for a Fair Economy

Bridging the Trust Gap

A Moral Movement

If You Want Big Change, You Need a Big Idea

Speaking Truth in the Halls of Power

Union Troubles, Community Win

Beyond the Ballot Box

Beyond $15: The Social Movement Union


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