Jan 22nd, 2014 by progressiveradionetwork
Jack interviews author, Steve Early, on the release last week of Steve’s new book, ‘Save Our Unions’. An important book providing numerous cases and examples of specific union worker efforts over the past four decades to defend their unions and interests. Jack discusses with Steve, in the attempt to glean from the book’s many case examples what lessons it suggests for union labor’s current strategic impasse in bargaining, organizing, and political strategy—a continuing theme of recent Alternative Vision shows and interviews. Jack and Steve discuss the strategic implications of the past four decades of partial victories, and numerous defeats, suffered by union labor in America, and what ‘needs to be done’ going forward if unions are to rise again to play the economic and social role in the future they once did in the past. Jack argues more ‘thinking out of the box’ by unionists is needed in order to resurrect union labor, including revising internal union structure and organizational practices—locally, nationally, and globally.