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"We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now" by Annelise Orleck

“We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now”

"We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now" by Annelise Orleck
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Feb 27, 2018 | 288 Pages
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Praise

“This is a well-documented introduction to unionization efforts by often marginalized, behind-the-scenes workers.”—Booklist

“Powerful, sobering, and timely, this is a much-needed global examination of poverty wages.”—Foreword Reviews

“Stunning in its breadth and impact, filled with vivid characters from many countries who speak in as many languages, the book is an epic achievement—it shows us globalization from the perspective of the people who do its work.”—Linda Gordon, author of The Second Coming of the KKK

“With common sense and a lot of fire, low-wage workers across the globe are building social movements. Crafted with corazón, this book is a crisply paced, panoramic labor history of the here and now.”—Vicki L. Ruiz, author of From Out of the Shadows

“A vivid rendering of the human impact of free trade policies and neoliberal restructuring across the globe. Annelise Orleck tells the stories of members of the global ‘precariat’ in the Philippines, Cambodia, Bangladesh, the US, and elsewhere, and their struggles for a living wage. A welcome addition to courses on social inequalities, social movements, and social change, it will shift how students see the hamburgers they eat and the clothes they wear.”—Professor Arlene Stein, Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University

“Annelise Orleck takes us on an inspiring journey across Asia, the Americas, and Europe into the world of low-wage organizing. With an ethnographer’s eye, historian’s perspective, and activist’s passion, she not merely charts the precariousness of work under a rapacious capitalism but captures the power of protest to transform lives. A must for classes in Labor, Globalization, and Gender.”—Professor Eileen Boris, Hull Professor of Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

“Essential reading for any law student or legal professional seeking to harness law in service of social justice. As she illuminates the precarity uniting workers around the globe, Orleck calls out the laws and legal structures that have failed them, while also highlighting creative legal strategies for demanding dignity and basic security.”—Professor Karen Tani, Assistant Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley

“A wonderful and urgent history-of-the-present. I often struggle with finding powerful and evocative treatments of contemporary social movements that measure up to the riveting, richly contextualized histories we have for the civil rights era. This book does that—and embeds US struggles in a global movement for anti-poverty wages and humane conditions.”—Professor Jeanne Theoharis, Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College and author of A More Beautiful and Terrible History

“Annelise Orleck skillfully weaves an inspiring global narrative of protest, coalition and empowerment—a narrative essential to students of oral history, testimony and witness, and activism in the face of a global economy of indifference and disposability. This is a model of engaged scholarship, empathic and respectful toward its subjects, enabling to its readers.”—Professor Marianne Hirsch, William Peterfield Trent Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Professor in the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Columbia University

“Bursting with the heartrending voices of the precariat…this book captures the unspeakably inhumane working conditions and courageous determination driving the global uprisings against unrestrained capitalism. A must read for students of history, women and feminist studies, class and labor, race and ethnicity, and international studies, it is a twenty-first-century grassroots primer for social justice organizing, and a clarion call to exalt human beings over the insatiable hungry ghosts of profit and consumption.”—Rhonda Y. Williams, author of Concrete Demands and Professor and John L. Seigenthaler Chair in American History, Vanderbilt University

Table Of Contents

AUTHOR’S NOTE

PART I
POVERTY WAGES, WE’RE NOT LOVING IT: ROOTS AND BRANCHES OF A GLOBAL UPRISING


PROLOGUE
Brands of Wage Slavery, Marks of Labor Solidarity

CHAPTER 1
Inequality Rising

CHAPTER 2
All We’re Asking for Is a Little Respect

CHAPTER 3
“We Are Workers, Not Slaves”

CHAPTER 4
“I Consider the Union My Second Mother”

CHAPTER 5
Hotel Housekeepers Go Norma Rae

CHAPTER 6
United for Respect: OUR Walmart and the Uprising of Retail Workers

CHAPTER 7
Supersize My Wages: Fast-Food Workers and the March of History

CHAPTER 8
1911–2011: History and the Global Labor Struggle

CHAPTER 9
People Power Movements in the Twenty-First Century

CHAPTER 10
“You Can’t Dismantle Capitalism Without Dismantling Patriarchy”

CHAPTER 11
This Is What Solidarity Feels Like

PART II
THE RISING OF THE GLOBAL PRECARIAT


CHAPTER 12
Respect, Let It Go, ’Cause Baby, You’re a Firework

CHAPTER 13
Realizing Precarity: “We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now”

CHAPTER 14
Days of Disruption, 2016

CHAPTER 15
The New Civil Rights Movement

CHAPTER 16
Counting Victories, Girding for an Uphill Struggle

CHAPTER 17
Huelga de Hambre: Hunger and Hunger Strikes Rising

CHAPTER 18
Social Movement Unionism and the Souls of Workers

CHAPTER 19
“Contractualization”

CHAPTER 20
“Stand Up, Live Better”: Organizing for Respect at Walmart

PART III
GARMENT WORKERS’ ORGANIZING IN THE AGE OF FAST FASHION


CHAPTER 21
“If People Would Think About Us, We Wouldn’t Die”: Beautiful Clothes, Ugly Reality

CHAPTER 22
How the Rag Trade Went Global

CHAPTER 23
“The Girl Effect”

CHAPTER 24
“Made with Love in Bangladesh”

CHAPTER 25
“We Are Not a Pocket Revolution”: Bangladeshi Garment Workers Since Rana Plaza

CHAPTER 26
“A Khmer Would Rather Work for Free Than Work Without Dignity”

CHAPTER 27
“After Pol Pot, We Need a Good Life”

CHAPTER 28
Consciousness-Raising, Cambodia Style

CHAPTER 29
Filipina Garment Workers: Organizing in the Zone

PART IV
NO RICE WITHOUT FREEDOM, NO FREEDOM WITHOUT RICE: THE GLOBAL UPRISING OF PEASANTS AND FARMWORKERS


CHAPTER 30
“No Land No Life”: Uprisings of the “Landless,” 2017

CHAPTER 31
“Agrarian Reform in Reverse”: Food Crises, Land Grabs, and Migrant Labor

CHAPTER 32
Milk with Dignity

CHAPTER 33
“Like the Time of Cesar Chavez”: Strawberry Fields, Exploitation Forever

CHAPTER 34
Bitter Grapes

CHAPTER 35
“What Are We Rising For?”

CHAPTER 36
“These Borders Are Not Our Borders”

CHAPTER 37
After the Colonizers, RICE

PART V
“THEY SAID IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE”: LOCAL VICTORIES AND TRANSFORMATIVE VISIONS


CHAPTER 38
“We Can Turn Around the Labor Movement. We Can Rebuild Power and We Can Win!”

CHAPTER 39
Flashes of Hope

CHAPTER 40
Big Ideas, New Models, Small Courtesies Build a New World

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
NOTES
INDEX

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