A Troubled Union and Its New Leader

A Troubled Union and Its New Leader

This is the story of a gifted and effective trade unionist who finds himself president of America’s most battered major industrial union. The story raises the perennial question of how much difference one leader can make when historical forces are less than auspicious. It sheds light on the desperate condition of America’s labor movement, after the collapse of the peculiar social contract known as “business unionism.” And it suggests some reasons for guarded optimism.

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Wurgraft | University of California Press Lima