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Beaten Down, Worked Up

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Beaten Down, Worked Up by Steven Greenhouse
Aug 06, 2019 | 416 Pages
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“Powerful . . . A combination of labor union history in America, investigative reporting about how rapacious employers and Republican governance have diminished labor unions, and an agenda for the revitalization of unions across the country. . .  A clearly written, impressively researched, and accomplished follow-up to The Big Squeeze.” Kirkus (starred review)

“An invaluable read for anyone interested in understanding one of the more shameful aspects of America’s status quo: the persistence of a working poor who, for the most part, work far harder than the rest of us yet live in a state of perpetual economic uncertainty, if not outright destitution.”—Sarah Carr, The Washington Post

“Superb, important and eminently readable. . . a searing indictment of how labor’s decline magnified inequality and injustice in the U.S. Much recommended.”—Nicholas D. Kristof, op-ed columnist, The New York Times, and author of Tightrope

“Greenhouse presents a sympathetic but critical survey of American labor . . . this lively and informative read will appeal to those interested in the current challenges facing American workers.” —Charles K. Piehl, Library Journal 

“In this riveting account of the rise and fall of organized labor, Steven Greenhouse tells the stories of courageous men and women who put their jobs and often their lives on the line to help American workers gain the income and the dignity they deserve. After World War II, when more than a third of American workers in the private sector belonged to labor unions, workers had enough power to demand that wages keep up with productivity gains. The consequence was the greatest middle class in the history of the world. But over the past forty years, as union membership has declined, America’s middle class has waned. Greenhouse outlines how a worker’s movement could be rekindled, and why it must be. Deeply inspiring and profoundly important.” —Robert B. Reich, former Secretary of Labor and author of The Common Good

“Greenhouse . . . has provided a human dimension to the tale of income inequality, wage stagnation, and employer disrespect for workers . . . Informative.” —Mark Levine, Booklist

Beaten Down, Worked Up should be read by every American concerned about our nation’s rising inequality and what should be done about it. This timely book brings to life the stories and struggles of American workers and examines the root causes of the problems pulling down so many of them. Greenhouse tells inspiring stories of workers fighting back and gives clear prescriptions on how to increase their power to help make sure the nation’s economy works for every American.” —Cristina Tzintzún, co-founder of the Workers Defense Project and founder of Jolt

“A timely and important book that explores how labor unions and worker power have made the U.S. a fairer, more democratic country. In these times of renewed labor insurgency, Steven Greenhouse’s riveting reporting and storytelling reminds a new generation why workers’ and unions’ concerns must be restored to the center of our politics and workplaces.” —Katrina vanden Heuvel, editorial director and publisher, The Nation 

“In Beaten Down, Worked Up, Steve Greenhouse tells how unions are starting to win again by using innovative new tactics and forming new alliances, and most crucially, by demonstrating to a new generation of workers that alone they are powerless but once they join together they are mighty indeed. This is the one book you should read if you want to understand why so many American workers say they would vote to join a union if they could.” —Leo W. Gerard, International President, United Steelworkers

“Steven Greenhouse has been a paragon of labor reporting for decades. This crucial book—comprehensive, deeply informed and empathic—is something of a culmination of his efforts, capturing both the outrage of exploitation and the excitement of new movements. It’s an inspiring, richly-sourced account of what American work and workers really mean today.” —Alissa Quart, author of Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America

“Steve Greenhouse is himself an integral part of labor union history. He covered the work place for The New York Times for nearly twenty years, and set a masterful standard for his field. Greenhouse well knows that organized labor had a major part in turning America into a middle-class nation, and once it lost influence, income inequality soared. In this exceptional book, he tells us the story of labor in America by highlighting the key victories and defeats of labor unions from its high point of influence in the 1950s to its depths since Ronald Reagan’s presidency. Can a reinvigorated union movement reverse inequality?  He finds green shoots of hope today, such as the movement for a $15 minimum wage.” —Jeff Madrick, author of Age of Greed

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