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Interview: Meet Jane McAlevey, labor’s hell-raiser

Interview by Blair Braverman, Waging Nonviolence wagingnonviolence.org/feature/meet-jane-mcalevey-labors-hell-raiser What lessons in the labor movement do you think other movements should pick up on? I don’t think there is any way out of the mess in America if we don’t reengage in a structured, strategic, smart discussion with millions of Americans. Because I think millions of Americans are with us on damn near every issue. Read More

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Publishers Weekly Reviews Raising Expectations

This rousing memoir of McAlevey’s decade-long experience as a union organizer spares neither the companies nor the union bosses. After success as a union organizer of home health care workers in Stamford, Connecticut, McAlevey was sent to do the same in Pittsburgh. There she ran up against a union executive vice-president who effectively sabotaged her work. Read More

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How to Juice Up the Labor Movement

Last year Sarah Jaffe wrote a piece on 6 Ways to Juice Up the Labor Movement. The following is my answer to her question. McAlevey points out that the entire structure of work has changed over recent years. That means that there are many workers who don’t see how unions could work for them, and who have to be reintroduced to the entire concept of unions. Read More

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Raising Expectations: Most Valuable Book of 2012, says the Nation magazine!

A veteran labor organizer whose tactics have earned her admiration—and condemnation—McAlevey pulls no punches. That’s the spirit that infuses this memoir/manifesto, which calls for putting the “movement” back into the labor movement. McAlevey argues that unions must make connections to communities and social justice campaigns if they’re going to renew themselves and transform the economy. Read More