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Book Forum Review – This Machine Kills Fascists: Jane McAlevey argues for the essential role of unions in a democracy

McAlevey… is an advocate for a particular type of union… “A commitment to democracy means breaking down the barriers—including directly confronting racism and sexism—that divide workers and weaken them in the fight for their common good…” We need many more labor organizers sharing the tools of their trade: A Collective Bargain, like the rest of McAlevey’s work, is indispensable. Read More

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Jacobin Review of A Collective Bargain – Workers of the World Can Still Unite: Jane McAlevey's new book offers concrete tactics and practices for how workers can win more battles — and prepare for the larger wars to come.

What is so valuable about McAlevey’s books and work is that she begins with a grounded faith in the potentials of working people. Because she doesn’t romanticize workers as spontaneously radical, she identifies the question of organizing the class — uniting it across divisions and developing their collective potentials into a creative social force — as the overriding task. Read More

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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