An Injury to All

An Injury to All

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Over the past decade American labor has faced a tidal wave of wage cuts, plant closures and broken strikes. In this first comprehensive history of the labor movement from Truman to Reagan, Kim Moody shows how the AFL-CIO's conservative ideology of a€œbusiness unionisma€ effectively disarmed unions in the face of a domestic right turn and an epochal shift to globalized production. Eschewing alliances with new social forces in favor of its old Cold War liaisons and illusory compacts with big business, the AFL-CIO under George Meany and Lane Kirkland has been forced to surrender many of its post-war gains. With extraordinary attention to the viewpoints of rank-and-file workers, Moody chronicles the major, but largely unreported, efforts of labor's grassroots to find its way out of the crisis. In case studies of auto, steel, meatpacking and trucking, he traces the rise of a€œanti-concessiona€ movements and in other case studies describes the formidable obstacles to the a€œorganization of the unorganizeda€ in the service sector. A detailed analysis of the Rainbow Coalition's potential to unite labor with other progressive groups follows, together with a pathbreaking consideration of the possibilities of a new a€œlabor internationalism.a€Convoy, October 1978; Convoy-Dispatch, April 1980, May 1980. 25. TRFE aamp; LDF , Stewarda#39;s Manual, p. 2. 26. Convoy, May 1979, June 1979. 27. Convoy Dispatch , November/ December 1979, January 1983. 28. Convoy Dispatch, April 1981, anbsp;...

Title:An Injury to All
Author:Kim Moody
Publisher:Verso - 1988


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