Revolt on Goose Island inspires such feelings. With deep Wall Street ties from his investment banking years and a combative political style honed in Congress and the Clinton and Obama administrations, Emanuel is among a rising class of rock-star mayors promising to remake American cities. But this book restores my faith that there remain reporters with an eye and a heart and a thirst to tell important stories about workers in the best tradition of good labor writing. Kari Lydersen, an award-winning reporter, tells the story of the factory takeover, elegantly transforming the workers' story into a parable of labor activism for the twenty-first century, one that concludes with a surprising and little-reported victory. In order to better understand this dichotomy, this book explores relations between organized labor and left-wing parties and movements in America at crucial junctures from the 1870s to the present. The bosses know what is going but will not pass on the information or out right lie about it.
In other countries, including his native Mexico, factory occupations are fairly common. Revolt on Goose Island is a highly useful primer on what some say could be the spark to revive a moribund labor movement that has been on its heels for nearly three decades. Robles wasn't planning to go anywhere. Deftly interweaves her narrative with sketches of union and labor history. These introductions are too short to really inform or satisfy, but too long in order to keep the pace with this exciting labor struggle. Over the next few weeks, the workers kept making windows and doors at the factory, but the uncertainty and tensions heightened each day.
For a book turned around in such a short time, it digs ably into the nuances of the closure, including the questions regarding the blame. A shutdown was expected, but such short notice was not. The union contacted my organization the night before they occupied, and we dedicated the following week to organizing support, protection, and press for the occupation. They hit upon another idea, one with a long and glorious history in union lore: they could occupy the plant. One Saturday, Robles and Revuelta were lurking in the parking lot north of the factory, Robles with his wife Patricia and their young son Oscar in tow. In July 2008, an auto parts factory near Toronto closed abruptly; workers only learned about the shutdown from news reports, and they received no severance pay. S Department of Labor fact sheet: www.
It has a case-study of the successful new worker-owned business New Era Windows in Chicago, which has been celebrated internationally for its defiance of conventional paradigms. Providing fresh insight into current political developments, it highlights emerging alternatives and major challenges facing labor and the left today. Using original research, lively prose, and extensive interviews with workers, farmers, and politicians, he suggests how Latin American social movement strategies could be applied internationally to build a better world now. Thinking back on Trumka's cogent remarks, it was like he had a crystal ball in describing the ongoing baleful effects of globalization. But will more come of the story? But in the United States the tactic had not been used other than in a few scattered cases since organized labor's heyday in the 1930s, when auto workers brought the industry's top companies to their knees with sit-down strikes.
He wasn't frightened or intimidated, only determined to see what the company was up to. The Republic Workers had a happy ending, getting everything they fought for, and the factory itself has started to re-open after a year, re-hiring those workers who stood up and emerged as heroes those days in December. In this book, a historian examines the past and present to argue that the seeds of a more humane society are already being planted, on local and international scales. Instead of leaving the factory, the gutsy workers, most of them of Latino heritage, fought back. The two men took note of the trucks' license plates and followed them for about 15 miles to a truckyard on the southwest side of the city, an industrial, grimy swath of land next to the highway.
This is a real story that happens around 2008 and 2009 this is around the same time that the big bank bailouts take place. Going further yet, Ranis makes the novel argument that the constitutionally enshrined principle of 'eminent domain' can in fact be harnessed to create and defend worker cooperatives. The bosses, who knew what was coming, had been sneaking machinery out in the middle of the night. But at this moment, the mood of the country was with the workers. This included logistics - how to get food into the plant, how to bail people out in case of arrests - and strategy.
In Mayor 1%, veteran journalist Kari Lydersen takes a close look at Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and his true agenda. Kari was also in the thick of it, camping out with the workers, gathering individual stories, and blogging in real-time about it. The second of a two-part excerpt from : The Chicago Factory Takeover and What It Says About the Economic Crisis. They could see the plant's front entrance on Hickory Street, where boxes were being loaded onto two trailer trucks. But this book restores my faith that there remain reporters with an eye and a heart and a thirst to tell important stories about workers in the best tradition of good labor writing.
She is the author of four books, including The Revolt on Goose Island: The Chicago Factory Takeover and What it Says About the Economic Crisis. Ten months ago, 200 workers at Chicago's Republic Windows and Doors occupied their factory for nine days after factory owners gave workers just three days' notice of the plant's closure after Bank of America cut off the company's line of credit. She has taught at Columbia College Chicago and Northwestern University and also works with youth from low-income communities through the program We the People Media. Read this much - needed book. For a recent example of her work, check out the Chicago Reporter story on the pollution of rail yards: Check out more of her work at her website:. Yes, the same Goldman Sachs that was recently sued by the federal government in a civil fraud case that has rocked the already shaky financial center to its rotten core. Focusing on the new worker cooperative movement in the West, this study not only contains the first systematic discussion of the solidarity economy in the light of Marxist theory; it also introduces a major revision of Marxism that both updates it for the twenty-first century and illuminates our historical moment.