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

ISBN-10: 0807003328

ISBN-13: 9780807003329

Edition: 2012

Authors: Bill Fletcher

List price: $19.00 Buy it from $1.79
30 day, 100% satisfaction guarantee

If an item you ordered from TextbookRush does not meet your expectations due to an error on our part, simply fill out a return request and then return it by mail within 30 days of ordering it for a full refund of item cost.

Learn more about our returns policy


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.
Used Starting from $1.79
New Starting from $14.21
what's this?
Rush Rewards U
Members Receive:
You have reached 400 XP and carrot coins. That is the daily max!
Study Briefs

Limited time offer: Get the first one free! (?)

All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.

Customers also bought

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: 0.902
Language: English

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.

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
Free shipping on orders over $35*

*A minimum purchase of $35 is required. Shipping is provided via FedEx SmartPost® and FedEx Express Saver®. Average delivery time is 1 – 5 business days, but is not guaranteed in that timeframe. Also allow 1 - 2 days for processing. Free shipping is eligible only in the continental United States and excludes Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico. FedEx service marks used by permission."Marketplace" orders are not eligible for free or discounted shipping.

Learn more about the TextbookRush Marketplace.