Hard-pressed in the Heartland: The Hormel Strike and the Future of the Labor Movement

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South End Press, 1993 - History - 135 pages
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Hard-Pressed in the Heartland tells the heartbreaking but empowering story of a spirited local union trying to resist management's drive for concessions--while fending off a conservative national union leadership unwilling to support its own members. Going beyond academic history, it offers useful perspectives for rebuilding a democratic, militant, community-based unionism that can succeed where today's bureaucratic unionism cannot.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
1
P9s Militant Predecessor
27
Revitalizing the Local Union
45
Solidarity and Struggle
61
CounterAttack and Defeat
75
The Future of the Labor Movement
91
Chronology of the Hormel Conflict
113
Selected Bibliography
127
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