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Upheaval in the quiet zone: 1199SEIU and the politics of health care unionism, 2nd edition (Book of the Month)

featured1007Upheaval in the quiet zone: 1199SEIU and the politics of health care unionism (Second Edition) by Leon Fink and Brian Greenberg is Catherwood’s Book of the Month.

This expanded second edition of Upheaval in the Quiet Zone updates the dramatic story of an insurgent labor union that by the end of the 1980s had established itself as a vital force in the modern labor movement. But even bigger changes were on the way. Overcoming internal divisions that originated in its 1930s-inflected and civil rights-era militancy, 1199SEIU adopted a new strategy of labor-management cooperation to emerge as a key player in state and city politics. When SEIU president Andrew Stern laid plans in 2006 for a new national health care workers union that would simultaneously reach out to the unorganized and campaign for universal, national health insurance, he turned to 1199 president Dennis Rivera–and the 1199 political model–to lead the effort. With new material that updates the union’s history since the 1990s, this book conveys the promise and problems of movement-building in the twenty-first century health care industry. [from publisher web site]

Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press. 366 pages
ISBN 9780252076053 RA971.35 .F56 2009

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