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During the 1960s and 1970s, teachers, sanitation workers and many other public employees rose up to demand collective bargaining rights in one of the greatest upsurges in labor history. These workers were able to transform the nature of public employment, winning union recognition for millions and ultimately forcing reluctant politicians to pass laws allowing for During the 1960s and 1970s, teachers, sanitation workers and many other public employees rose up to demand collective bargaining rights in one of the greatest upsurges in labor history. These workers were able to transform the nature of public employment, winning union recognition for millions and ultimately forcing reluctant politicians to pass laws allowing for collective bargaining and even the right to strike. Strike Back uncovers this history of militancy to provide tactics for a new generation of public employees facing unprecedented attacks on their labor rights.


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During the 1960s and 1970s, teachers, sanitation workers and many other public employees rose up to demand collective bargaining rights in one of the greatest upsurges in labor history. These workers were able to transform the nature of public employment, winning union recognition for millions and ultimately forcing reluctant politicians to pass laws allowing for During the 1960s and 1970s, teachers, sanitation workers and many other public employees rose up to demand collective bargaining rights in one of the greatest upsurges in labor history. These workers were able to transform the nature of public employment, winning union recognition for millions and ultimately forcing reluctant politicians to pass laws allowing for collective bargaining and even the right to strike. Strike Back uncovers this history of militancy to provide tactics for a new generation of public employees facing unprecedented attacks on their labor rights.

37 review for Strike Back: Using the Militant Tactics of Labor's Past to Reignite Public Sector Unionism Today

  1. 4 out of 5

    Micah

    Burns is two for two on short books that translate radical ideas into accessible language that are of interest to both rank and filers and intellectuals alike.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Brock

    "In a remarkable shifting of blame, public employees have been targeted as the cause of the nation's fiscal problems, rather than the Wall Street profiteers who plunged the US into the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s... In this hostile environment, understanding the incredible history of public employee militancy is a matter of survival for today's public sector unions." (p. 13)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joe Iosbaker

    Like his first book, Joe Burns makes a convincing argument that only the strike can bring back the power of organized labor in the public sector. In recent weeks, the actions by non-unionized teachers in West Virginia, Oklahoma, and elsewhere are helping make his case.

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