Labor's Last Stand: Why the US Labor Movement is Dying, and Why it Does Not Have to Die (BOK)
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Only about 7.5 percent of American private-sector workers belong to a union, the lowest percentage since the beginning of the twentieth century, and public employee collective bargaining is under fire in Wisconsin, Ohio, and elsewhere. What happened to the US labor movement? Jane McAlevey swept to fame - and notoriety - as the hard-charging "Hurricane Jane" who helped make Las Vegas one of the few labor success stories of recent years. Then she was bounced from the movement, a victim of the high-level internecine warfare that has torn apart organized labor. In an engrossing, suspenseful and funny narrative - that reflects the personality of its charismatic, intense and wise-cracking author - McAlevey tells the story of her amazing organizing victories and lifts the lid on the civil wars inside organized labor. Labor's Last Stand unearths the reasons for the movement's downfall and emphatically argues that labor can be revived.