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An Injury to All: The Decline of American Unionism by Kim Moody

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By Kim Moody

Original 12 months of publication: 1988; 1989, 1992, 1993 - reprints

Over the earlier decade American exertions has confronted a tidal wave of salary cuts, plant closures and damaged moves. during this first entire historical past of the exertions move from Truman to Reagan, Kim Moody exhibits how the AFL-CIO's conservative ideology of 'business unionism' successfully disarmed unions within the face of a household correct flip and an epochal shift to globalized creation. Eschewing alliances with new social forces in desire of its outdated chilly conflict liaisons and illusory compacts with gigantic company, the AFL-CIO below George Meany and Lane Kirkland has been pressured to give up a lot of its post-war gains.

With awesome cognizance to the viewpoints of rank-and-file employees, Moody chronicles the key, yet principally unreported, efforts of labor's grassroots to discover its means out of the predicament. In case experiences of car, metal, meatpacking and trucking, he strains the increase of 'anti-concession' pursuits and in different case stories describes the ambitious hindrances to the 'organization of the unorganized' within the carrier zone. a close research of the Rainbow Coalition's power to unite exertions with different innovative teams follows, including a pathbreaking attention of the probabilities of a brand new 'labor internationalism.'

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