They're Bankrupting Us! And 20 Other Myths about Unions

ISBN-10: 0807003328
ISBN-13: 9780807003329
Edition: 2012
Authors: Bill Fletcher
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Book details

List price: $19.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 8/28/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

From Wisconsin to Washington, DC, the claims are made: unions are responsible for budget deficits, and their members are overpaid and enjoy cushy benefits. The only way to save the American economy, pundits claim, is to weaken the labor movement, strip workers of collective bargaining rights, and champion private industry. In "They're Bankrupting Us!": And 20 Other Myths about Unions, labor leader Bill Fletcher Jr. makes sense of this debate as he unpacks the twenty-one myths most often cited by anti-union propagandists. Drawing on his experiences as a longtime labor activist and organizer, Fletcher traces the historical roots of these myths and provides an honest assessment of the missteps of the labor movement. He reveals many of labor's significant contributions, such as establishing the forty-hour work week and minimum wage, guaranteeing safe workplaces, and fighting for equity within the workforce. This timely, accessible, "warts and all" book argues, ultimately, that unions are necessary for democracy and ensure economic and social justice for all people.

Bill Fletcher, Jr., co-founder of the Center for Labor Renewal, is a columnist and long-time activist. He served as President of TransAfrica Forum and was formerly the Education Director and later Assistant to the President of the AFL-CIO. He is the author ofThe Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of Industrial Relations, 1934-1941.Fernando Gapasinis a Central Labor Council President, Labor Educator, author, and former professor of Industrial Relations and Chicana/o Studies at Pennsylvania State University and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Introduction
What Is a Union?
"Workers are forced to join unions, right?"
"Unions are bankrupting us and destroying the economy."
"Unions are actually run by labor bosses,' aren't they?"
"Public sector unions cause budget deficits, right?"
"Unions make unreasonable demands that result in lots of strikes!"
"Unions were good once, but we don't need them any longer."
"Unions are only needed by workers who have problems and get into trouble."
"The union uses our money for political action and I have no say in the matter!"
"Unions hold me back from advancing, and if I join I will never be promoted."
"Unions are corrupt and mobbed up!"
"Unions have a checkered history and were started by communists and other troublemakers."
"Unions are all racist and people of color need not apply."
"Unions have a history of sexism… what makes them better now?"
"Unions deal with wages, hours, and working conditions; what about other issues?"
"Yes, unions are good for their members, but they hurt the rest of us!"
"Unions and corporations are both too big and don't really care about the worker."
"Let's face it, in a globalized world, unions are powerless."
"Where do unions stand on immigrants-you either ignore them or you ignore the rest of us?"
"If unions are so good, why aren't they growing?"
"Unions are so partisan; they always side with the Democrats, right?"
"If unions are so great, why aren't more people around the world forming them?"
Concluding Thoughts
Acknowledgments
Notes

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