Poor Workers' Unions: Rebuilding Labor From Below
Workers are under attack on virtually every front--wage theft, union busting, racism and sexism on the job, and loss of healthcare and pensions. How do we fight back? In Poor Workers’ Unions, Vanessa Tait writes about women, immigrants, and people of color who used community organizing, direct action, and workplace solidarity to win victories against greedy bosses. Existing outside of the AFL-CIO, this book describes how poor workers’ unions have organized tens of thousands since the 1960’s. Their membership came from a transient workforce relying on low wage jobs and the underground economy. The study circle will look at the successes and shortcomings of these workers’ centers and how we can utilize these lessons to revive today’s labor movement. For more information, please contact Jared at (208) 596-6515. "As working people seek to envision a new labor movement, they will find invaluable inspiration in the hidden history of social justice unionism revealed in Vanessa Tait's Poor Workers' Unions."—Jeremy Brecher, author of Strike!