Wisconsin Uprising: Labor Fights Back

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Michael Yates
NYU Press, May 14, 2014 - POLITICAL SCIENCE - 305 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
9
Foreword
11
Something is in the Air
19
ON THE GROUND IN MADISON
27
MOVING FORWARD THE LESSONS OF WISCONSIN
122
BROADENING AND DEEPENING THE STRUGGLE
168
Afterword
275
About the Contributors
283
Notes
286
Index
298
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Michael D. Yates is Associate Editor of Monthly Review and the author of Why Unions Matter and The ABCs of the Economic Crisis (with Fred Magdoff).

Robert W. McChesney is a professor in the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of "The Problem of the Media: U.S. Communication Politics in the Twenty-First Century" (Monthly Review Press), "Rich Media, Poor Democracy: Communication Politics in Dubious Times" (New Press), "Corporate Media and the Threat to Democracy" (Open Media), and "Telecommunications, Mass Media, and Democracy: The Battle for the Control of U.S. Broadcasting" (Oxford University Press).

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