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Labor's Giant Step The First Twenty Years of the Labor's Giant Step book Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers The story of the explosive labor struggles and political battles Labor's giant step; twenty years of the CIO Book Labor's giant step; twenty years of the CIO Art Preis Home WorldCat Home About WorldCat Help Search Search for Library Items Search for Lists Search for Contacts Search for a Library Create lists bibliographies and reviews or Search WorldCat Find items in libraries near you Labor's Giant Step by Art Preis | Pathfinder Labor's Giant Step The Left Opposition in US Mother Jones Speaks Cannon Notebook of an Agitator A Packinghouse Worker's Fight for Justice A Political Biography of Walter Reuther Revolutionary Continuity the Early Years – The Revolutionary Party The Revolutionary Perspective for the United States Teamster Bureaucracy Labor's Giant Step by Art Preis | Pathfinder Labor's Giant Step The First Twenty Years of the CIO – Price List price The story of the explosive labor struggles and political battles in the s that built the industrial unions And how those unions became the vanguard of a mass social movement that began transforming US society Preface note on sources index Paper pages Publisher Pathfinder ISBN Labors Giant Step June edition | Open Library Labor's giant step by Art Preis June Pathfinder Press edition Hardcover Labor's Giant Step Twenty Years of the Cio Scopri Labor's Giant Step Twenty Years of the Cio di Art Preis spedizione gratuita per i clienti Prime e per ordini a partire da € spediti da Labor's giant step twenty years of the CIO Labor's giant step twenty years of the CIO es A Preis Libros Saltar al contenido principal Prueba Prime Libros Ir Buscar Hola Identifcate Cuenta y listas Identifcate Cuenta y listas Pedidos Suscrbete a Prime Cesta Todos los departamentos Mi es Ofertas Nuevo Chollos Cheues regalo Vender Ayuda Libros Labor's Giant Step Twenty Years of the C I O Labor's Giant Step Twenty Years of the C I O PDFEPUB Step Twenty PDFEPUB Labor's Giant Kindle Step Twenty Years of PDFEPUB or Giant Step Twenty Years of Epub Giant Step Twenty PDF ↠ Best E Book Labor's Giant Step Twenty Years of the C I O author Art Preis This is very good and becomes the main topic to read the readers are very takjup and always take inspiratio PDF Labor's Giant Step Twenty Years of the C I O Labor's Giant Step Twenty Years of the C I O PDFEPUB Labor's Giant Kindle Step Twenty PDFEPUB Step Twenty Years of PDFEPUB or Giant Step Twenty Years of Epub Giant Step Twenty PDF ↠ Labor's Giant Step The First Twenty Years of the Labor's Giant Step is a thrilling history of US rank and file union militancy in the period The giant step of the title was industry w DiscussionStudy Group Art Preis' Book Labor's DiscussionStudy Group Art Preis' Book Labor's Giant Step Date Tuesday June Time PM PM Import this event into your personal calendar Location Details New Valencia Hall Larkin Street Suite in San Francisco at Eddy Street near Civic Center BART and onnear Muni lines Event Type Teach In OrganizerAuthor Bob Price Phone fr Labor's Giant Step Twenty Years of the C I O Not Achetez Labor's Giant Step Twenty Years of the C I O de Preis Art ISBN sur fr des millions de livres livrs chez vous en jour fr Labor's giant step twenty years of the CIO Not Retrouvez Labor's giant step twenty years of the CIO et des millions de livres en stock sur fr Achetez neuf ou d'occasion Labor's Giant Step The First Twenty Years of the Labor's Giant Step reverses that inverse and gives credit where it is due to the millions of workers who labored on American assembly lines from the s through the s This is the story of their horrible working conditions and poor pay and their struggle for better living conditions The author explores craft vs industrial unionism the CIO's bargains with Roosevelt and the sit down Labor’s Giant Step in Los Angeles – Against the Labor’s Giant Step in Los Angeles Against the Current No SeptemberOctober A Victory with Meaning — The Editors; Labor's Giant Step in Los Angeles — Dolores Trevizo and Warren Montag; Failure to Disperse The LA Police Riot — Mike Davis; How Century City Was Won — Roco Senz ; Nicaraguan Women Under Attack — Marie De Santis; Nicaraguan Strike Victory Coming


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  1. says:

    What really struck me from this epic is how the golden era of post war prosperity was not handed out on a platter to workers in an economic boom but wrested in bitter and often bloody struggle by organised labour from the employers and government and at times against the opposition or treachery of their own union leaders evenI knew of the sit down strikes and labour explosions of the 1930s to some degree But it was news to me that the wartime labour laws barely suppressed the ongoing workplace unrest and rebellion leading to the US' greatest strike wave at the end of the war in 1946 Whereas earlier strikes had mainly been for union recognition and the right to bargain leading to the formation of the CIO union federation after the war they were increasingly for pay rises an end to speed ups shorter work weeks and so forth And the 1946 strike wave was followed by another enormous strike wave in 1949 50 and the 1950s themselves were a decade of intense labour unrest despite the anti communist witch hunt and the ongoing divisions fostered by segregation and racism all of which are described in some detail hereArt Preis was a participant and a partisan in all these affairs That is probably makes the book so lively and readable because he was there and saw a lot of it and because he believed in it As a sometimes union militant I can sympathise with the tales of picket lines often far violent than anything I've witnessed with legions of thugs and national guard armed with everything up to machine guns being deployed against pickets at times; I remember wryly the sting of defeat snatched from the jaws of victory by hopeless peace at all costs union leaders So a lot of Preis' critiue rings true enough On the other hand his partisanship probably leads to some flaws For one the Communist Party CP are probably treated unfairly; they are referred to throughout with the dismissive label the Stalinists According to Preis they didn't do just about anything useful at all after a brief period in the early 1930s when they made headway in organising unemployed workers and some early strikes It seems unlikely that the whole party was as rotten as he makes out the whole time For reasons that I can't uite fathom perhaps to present a sense of objectivity Preis also makes very few references to his own organisation the Trotskyist Socialist Workers' Party that was unfairly expelled from the CP in 1929 probably colouring his dire views of its subseuent course Another reviewer commented that he then tends to present the mass of workers as noble proles forever clashing with or being sold out by the corrupt class collaborationist union leaderships I'm not sure if he's hiding his own party's role perhaps to protect the identities of active members or if their membership declined so rapidly that they played no appreciable role in postwar events I'll leave that to the historians An interesting inspiring and important chapter in world labour history and as much as things have changed in how the working class is composed today it does bring home what I said at the start capital doesn't give out prosperity to the working class unless it's forced to something plainly obvious today too


  2. says:

    Preis's work was the first real history of the twenty year existence of the CIO completed in the early 1960s just a few short years after the reunification of most of the American labor movement He had been an active participant as a member of the Trotskyist Socialist Workers Party and he is uite open about that affiliation Preis argued that the CIO was fueled from below by mass independent worker militancy and action often forcing union bureaucrats and the Stalinist Communist Party into supporting radical militant action Much of the book frames the battle for the soul of the CIO as one where rank and file worker activism suared off against conservative anti radical class collaborationist pro capitalist union bureaucrats and their sometimes allies and sometimes enemies in the Stalinist faction To Preis the conservative anti Marxist faction except perhaps John Lewis whom Preis seems to rather like and the Communists could do no right and any advances of the CIO were because of worker militant action that forced them to do right by the radical movement While there is some truth to that he tends to see things from the Trotskyist point of view that workers themselves were not allied with one side or another of those factions instead seeing them as a sort of mythic all knowing wise prole that is being held back by the CP or conservative bureaucrat and Trotskyist language throughout reminds the reader that he still was basically a writer for the SWP's The Militant With that in mind he does bring valuable points to understanding the CIO in that the CP almost certainly discredited itself through its various party line changes especially the no strike enforcement during WWII and its overly cautious response to the post war strikes which enabled its conservative rivals to grab ahold of the anti communist momentum fueled by resentment by militant rank and file workers He makes a few other good points in that the CIO's drive to organize the unorganized was rather short and its expansion was fueled by the growth of war industries in which it became major players rather than it stepping into other unorganized industries He is somewhat confusing in both blasting the CIO union bureaucracy yet noting its rapid growth from a mere 3 million AFL members in 1929 to 30 million AFL CIO members by 1955 which he sees only as workers demanding inclusion rather than real choices by top union leadership The AFL expanded rapidly during that time as a response to the CIO's energy feeding off it and borrowing tactics at times presenting itself as the ration union to the radical CIO and others as the labor federation out militanting the militant CIO He attacks Reuther's Treaty of Detroit without noting the actual material advances for members of the UAW and notes that the Communist Party had the larger number of militant energetic and creative organizers only disoriented by Stalinism which is a point ahead of its time It's been noted that this history came out before the rise of New Labor History in the late 1970s and still carries much of the weight of the Old Left where the battles of sectarianism never really stopped The CIO was its main battlefield


  3. says:

    Labor's Giant Step is a thrilling history of US rank and file union militancy in the period 1934 1957The giant step of the title was industry wide organizing a break with insular and atomizing craft structures epitomized by the American Federation of LaborThe sucesses that built the CIO were not uniue strokes of genius by international union presidents or government officials They were the product of rank and file initiative and leadership putting its stamp on events reaching broadly outward for solidarity and creating a mass social movement in the processArt Preis a young leader of the unemployed movement and the 1934 Toledo Auto Lite strike covered most of the struggles in Labor's Giant Step as a reporter for The Militant newspaper He was an expert on both the making and writing of working class history


  4. says:

    Interesting book from a Trotskist perspective on the CIO