Our Unions: Dispatches From A Movement in Distress describes
the challenges facing U.S. workers--whether they’re trying to
democratize their union, win a strike, defend past contract gains,
or bargain with management for the first time. Drawing on forty
years of first-hand experience, Steve Early reports on cross-border
union campaigning, more effective strategies for organizing and
health care reform, and political initiatives that might lessen
labor's dependence on the Democratic Party. Early's latest book
also contains vivid portraits of rank-and-file heroes and heroines,
both well known and unsung. Save Our Unions takes readers to
union conventions and funerals, strikes and picket lines, celebrations
of labor’s past, and struggles to insure that unions still
have a future in the 21st century. The author’s insight, analysis,
and advocacy help illuminate the paths to revitalization and
reform of workers' organizations, at home and abroad.
"Very important work!"
- Noam Chomsky
"‘Save Our Unions’ is a plea we hear from workers seeking a better
life throughout our country these days. This book shows what
it takes to defend democracy, workers rights, and social justice
unionism when all are under attack by big business."
- Dolores Huerta, co-founder,
United Farm Workers and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
upon a time, in the golden age of labor and the golden age of labor reporting,
America had plenty of bold and independent writers who reported on the issues
that were vital to working people and the unions that represent them. Today,
labor reporting has taken even harder hits than labor. Most American media
outlets neglect not just working-class issues but the working class itself.
Against the odds, Steve Early has kept the faith, creating a
body of work rooted in the very best traditions of radical labor
and political reporting going all the way back to the days of
- John Nichols, Washington correspondent for The Nation and co-author, The
Death and Life of American Journalism
"Never one to mince words or bow to authority, Steve Early’s
latest work is hard hitting and thought provoking. Early is an
activist/writer who sees unions, including his own, facing massive
challenges but still searching for successful strategies. In Save
Our Unions, Early chronicles recent workplace struggles with
great sympathy and insight, showing the road taken by workers
trying to reignite labor as a movement."
- Elaine Bernard, Executive Director,
Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School
"With labor now searching for new directions, this book should
be at the top of activists’ reading lists. In his latest collection
of essays, Steve Early hits on the key themes necessary for reviving
the labor movement: union democracy, workplace activism, and
a willingness to confront corporate power."
- Joe Burns, AFA/CWA negotiator and
author of Reviving The Strike