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An injury to one is an injury to all has long rallied workers. It's not merely a slogan but a basis for organizing and action. When workers are being denied basic human rights, solidarity is the vehicle for recovering eroded rights and winning new ones.
For years, unions and working people were in the forefront of social change. The eight-hour day, health coverage, paid vacations and pensions were victories won by organized labor after much struggle. Today, unions are under legal and political attack. Membership, once as high as 35% of the work force, is now at 15% and declining.
Spoiler alert: Michael Yates not only answers his question with a resounding “Yes,” but insists that the working class must change the world. Our very survival as a people and a planet depend on it. What makes this book invaluable, however, is not its grand conclusion but Yates’s clear-eyed, global analysis of capitalism (historically and in its latest form), the social and environmental consequences of exploitation, the composition of a working class structured by other modalities of difference, class struggle, power, and a brilliant delineation of what exactly needs to change in order to radically remake the world. Insightful, inspiring, indispensable. —Robin D. G. Kelley, author, Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination
David Montgomery was a leading labor historian. He wrote many books including Workers’ Control in America and The Fall of the House of Labor. He died in 2011.
Elaine Bernard is the executive director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School. She is past president of the New Democratic Party of British Columbia, Canada and she is the former director of the Labor Program at Simon Frazier University in Burnaby, B.C. She lectures and writes extensively on political, trade and labor issues.
Michael Yates is Editorial Director of the Monthly Review Press. He was a labor educator for more than three decades. He is the author of The Great Inequality, Why Unions Matter and Can the Working Class Change the World?