March 05, 2013
Busboys and Poets
Jane McAlevey in conversation with Bill Fletcher Jr. at Busboys and Poets
Part of the Bread and Roses Labor Series
Jane McAlevey is famous—and notorious—in the American labor movement as the hard-charging organizer who racked up a string of victories at a time when union leaders said winning wasn't possible. Then she was bounced from the movement, a victim of the high-level internecine warfare that has torn apart organized labor. In this engrossing and funny narrative—that reflects the personality of its charismatic, wisecracking author—McAlevey tells the story of a number of dramatic organizing and contract victories, and the unconventional strategies that helped achieve them.
Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell) argues that labor can be revived, but only if the movement acknowledges its mistakes and fully commits to deep organizing, participatory education, militancy, and an approach to workers and their communities that more resembles the campaigns of the 1930s--in short, social movement unionism that involves raising workers' expectations (while raising hell).
As part of the Bread and Roses Labor Events Series at Busboys and Poets, Jane McAlevey will talk to Bill Fletcher, Jr., longtime labor, racial justice and international activist, about her book and the future of labor in the United States.