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Publisher’s Weekly Review of A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy

A Collective Bargain receives a coveted “starred” review from PW, plus an author interview to add emphasis. It’s a sign of the times that major national reviewers are signaling to the world the importance of unions today. “Labor activist McAlevey delivers a persuasive argument that the power of “strong, democratic” trade unions can fix many of America’s social problems in this timely cri de coeur.” Read More

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Now It’s North Carolina Teachers’ Turn: How Did We Get Here? What's Next?

“Jane McAlevey is an organizer and labor scholar who pretty much predicted what’s going on right now. She published a book in 2016, No Shortcuts, arguing that in reaction to decades of tax cuts and budget cuts, ‘education and healthcare workers will create a woman-led new labor union movement.’” Read and listen to the full piece on NPR here » Read More

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Smart New Review of No Shortcuts in April Real Change News

“For McAlevey, politics is not about getting the right frame to convince conservative voters; it’s not about mobilizing activists or liberals to lobby Congress or to fund issue groups; it’s not even, primarily, about holding huge marches of the already convinced. It’s about exercising power. The right is powerful because it’s advancing the agenda and funded by the rich, the ultra-rich and corporations. Read More

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Harper’s Magazine Review of No Shortcuts

I couldn’t have ever imagined my name and Ivanka Trump’s name in the same sentence, let alone book review. But author Dayna Tortorici does an amazing job using the arguments in my book to help decimate the fake feminism of Silicon Valley’s Sheryl Sandberg and Ivanka Trump. Not well understood in the daily coverage of “women’s issues,” and the “women’s movement” is the simple fact that the largest, most powerful organization of women in the USA remains the labor movement. Read More