Category Archives: In the News

My appearances in video, radio, and print media

Feb. 27th Feature Interview in the Nation Magazine, by DD Guttenplan

Guttenplan describes this 4000 word interview this way:

“We first spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, where, amid the self-congratulation, she cautioned me that “Clinton hadn’t sealed the deal” with the white suburban women that McAlevey had met helping to organize Philadelphia-area hospitals. After her warning proved prophetic, we resumed our conversation—this time focusing on the question at the heart of her new book, No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age.”

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No Shortcuts Makes a Terrific New “Recommended Reading” List in Paste Magazine!

The article is called, These are the Seven Books You Need to Understand (and Fight) the Age of Trump. About my book, the author starts with:

“Imagine if you didn’t know how to play basketball, and all anyone told you was “pick and roll!” For someone new to political work, this is what the calls to “get organized” can sometimes feel like. Thankfully, in the most nitty-gritty book here, veteran labor and community organizer Jane McAlevey provides a series of case studies that detail exactly what successful organizers do.”

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A Really Thoughtful Book Review Just in From Australia

“Organising”, says Jane McAlevey, “is fundamentally about having hard conversations with people and not running away from hard issues.” Her latest book, No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age, is true to this sentiment. In it, McAlevey outlines a critique of most contemporary union campaigning, using case studies and other analysis to argue in favour of a deeper and more rigorous approach to organising. While McAlevey’s experience and examples are primarily from a union context, her insights are highly transferrable.

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Jacobin Just Posted a Second Good Book Review, Stopping Labor’s Backward March

“Readers of No Shortcuts will encounter a book that is markedly different [than her first book], but insightful in new ways, because McAlevey draws from her case studies to develop theory for the rest of us — not in the academic sense, but in the practical one: insights from experience that can inform our strategy going forward.

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Book Talk Discussion at UnionsNSW (New South Wales), Hosted by the Leader of Australia’s Second Largest State’s Trade Union Movement

Mark Morey, recently elected leader of the union body in Australia’s second largest state, New South Wales, hosted me for a book launch in their regional headquarters. Australia is facing many of the same challenges we are in the USA, but their unions are where US unions were in 1995. I advised them to plot a different course!

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