Wisconsin Uprising: Labor Fights Back

Wisconsin Uprising: Labor Fights Back

Michael D. Yates

Language: English

Pages: 305

ISBN: 2:00226218

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Michael D. Yates (ed.)

In early 2011, the nation was stunned to watch Wisconsin’s state capitol in Madison come under sudden and unexpected occupation by union members and their allies. The protests to defend collective bargaining rights were militant and practically unheard of in this era of declining union power. Nearly forty years of neoliberalism and the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression have battered the labor movement, and workers have been largely complacent in the face of stagnant wages, slashed benefits and services, widening unemployment, and growing inequality.

That is, until now. Under pressure from a union-busting governor and his supporters in the legislature, and inspired by the massive uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, workers in Wisconsin shook the nation with their colossal display of solidarity and outrage. Their struggle is still ongoing, but there are lessons to be learned from the Wisconsin revolt. This timely book brings together some of the best labor journalists and scholars in the United States, many of whom were on the ground at the time, to examine the causes and impact of events, and suggest how the labor movement might proceed in this new era of union militancy.

Reviews:

A crucial study of the exhilarating fight-back in the Badger State. With superb essays from labor scholars and activists, it brings into sharp focus the challenges that working people faced as they rose up to take on Scott Walker’s reactionary assault. A probing analysis of the role of organized labor and the Democratic Party rounds out this indispensable volume.

—Matthew Rothschild, editor, The Progressive

Years from now, activists and scholars alike will discuss the protests that began in Wisconsin in the winter of 2011 as a turning point for the U.S. labor movement. The insightful and provocative essays in this volume are the perfect starting point for that analysis, and the lessons are still unfolding … an indispensable resource.

—Eve Weinbaum, Director, University of Massachusetts Amherst Labor Center

A still-breathing draft of history. With contributions by participants and observers steeped in the labor movement’s long struggle for revival, this volume is in turns celebratory, tough-minded, and anguished … a vital examination of a pivotal moment when workers decided the billionaires shouldn’t be the only ones fighting a class war.

—Mischa Gaus, editor, Labor Note

Contents:

Foreword, Robert W. McChesney

Editor’s Introduction: Something is in the Air, Michael D. Yates

PART ONE: ON THE GROUND IN MADISON

Disciplining Labor, Dismantling Democracy: Rebellion and Control in Wisconsin, Connor Donegan

Capitalist Crisis and the Wisconsin Uprising, Andrew Sernatinger

Who Were the Leaders of the Wisconsin Uprising? Lee Sustar

A New American Workers’ Movement Has Begun, Dan La Botz

The Wisconsin Uprising, Frank Emspak

PART TWO: MOVING FORWARD: THE LESSONS OF WISCONSIN

Back to the Future: Union Survival Strategies in Open Shop America, Rand Wilson and Steve Early

In the Wake of Wisconsin, What Next? Jane Slaughter and Mark Brenner

What Can We Learn from Wisconsin? Stephanie Luce

PART THREE: BROADENING AND DEEPENING THE STRUGGLE

Potholes and Roadblocks on “The Roads Not Taken,” Elly Leary

The Assault on Public Services: Will Unions Lament the Attacks or Fight Back, Michael Hurley and Sam Gindin

Marching Away from the Cold War, David Bacon

“No, No, No, the People Have the Power,” Dave Zirin

Fighting Wage Cuts in Upstate New York Teaches Chemical Workers the Value of Mobilization, Jon Flanders

Beyond Wisconsin: Seeking New Priorities as Labor Challenges War, Michael Zweig

Building Communities of Solidarity from Madison to Bend, Fernando Gapasin

Class Warfare in Longview, Washington: “No Wisconsin Here,” Michael D. Yates

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