By James Young
If you are fortunate sufficient to be hired this day within the usa, there is a couple of one-in-ten probability that you are in a hard work union. or even if you’re a part of that unionized 10 percentage, likelihood is your union does not hold a lot monetary or political clout. yet this was once no longer constantly the case, as historian and activist James younger exhibits during this vivid tale of the United electric employees Union. The UE, outfitted through hundreds of thousands of rank-and-file worker-activists within the quintessentially business city of Erie, Pennsylvania, was once in a position to rework the stipulations of the operating classification mostly since it went past the normal demand residing wages to call for quantum leaps in employee keep an eye on over places of work, group associations, and the rules of the government itself.
James Young's booklet is a richly empowering background advised from less than, displaying that the collective efforts of the various can problem the supremacy of the few. Erie's UE locals faced a frightening array of hindrances: the company superpower common electrical; ferocious purple baiting; and later, the debilitating influence of globalization. but, via operating via and throughout ethnic, gender, and racial divides, groups of individuals outfitted a plausible working-class base powered by way of genuine democracy. whereas the union's victories couldn't be sustained thoroughly, the UE continues to be alive and battling in Erie. This publication is an exuberant and eloquent testomony to this struggle, and a reminder to each worker—employed or unemployed; in a union or out—that an harm to at least one is an damage to all.
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