Fall 2010

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Contents

From the Editorial Team

Under the Radar
By Ben Becker
Unreported and under-reported news and views that matter.

On the Contrary

Why Labor’s Soldiering for the Democrats Is a Losing Battle
By Adolph Reed

Engaging with Democrats
By Bob Master

Forecasting the Midterms

The GOP in the  Age of Obama: Will the Tea Party and Republican Establishment Unite or Fight?
By Gary Gerstle
How a fading minority party turned the tables on its vanquisher.

The Democratic Party in the Age of Obama: Yes We Can or No We Can’t?
By Thomas F. Schaller
What will it take to make the 2008 Obama triumph endure?

The Greening of America Revisited: Can the U.S. Create High-Skill Green Jobs?
By Andrew Ross
The U.S. is a Johnny-come-lately to renewable energy manufacturing.

Work and Inequality in the Global Economy: China, Mexico, and the United States
Chris Tilly and Kent Wong, guest editors

The China Road: Why China Is Beating Mexico in The Competition for U.S. Markets
By Ian Robinson
Public-sector investment, not low wages, gives China the edge.

American Chicken Feet, Chinese Tires, and the Struggle for Labor Rights
By Anita Chan
The Chinese labor federation has a mixed record protecting the interests of Chinese workers.

Confronting Globalization: Lessons from Puebla
By Graciela Bensusán and Chris Tilly
In the absence of stronger systems of international labor solidarity, employer-led worker protections may hold more promise for improving jobs.

A Good Job Is Hard to Find: U.S. and Mexican Autoworkers in the Global Economy
By Jeffrey S. Rothstein
Globalization has undermined labor relations in the auto industry and the decent jobs they defend.

In the Rearview Mirror
By Steve Fraser and Joshua B. Freeman
Revisiting the past to illuminate the present.

Economic Prospects
By Robert Pollin

Caught in the Web
By Liza Featherstone
Labor news, views, and resources online.

Books and the Arts

Unfinished Revolution
Sisters in the Brotherhoods: Working Women Organizing for Equality in New York City
By Jane LaTour
Live Wire: Women and Brotherhood in the Electrical Industry
By Francine A. Moccio
Reviewed by Mary Margaret Fonow

The China Watch
New Masters, New Servants: Migration, Development, and Women Workers in Chin a
By Yan Hairong
Reviewed by Katie Quan

Working-Class Self-Defense
Taking Back the Workers’ Law: How to Fight the Assault on Labor Rights
By Ellen Dannin
Citizen Wealth: Winning the Campaign to Save Working Families
By Wade Rathke
Reviewed by Marc Dann

Contemporary Working-Class Poetry: Lots of Light, Very Little Heat
Odes to Anger
By Jason L. Yurcic
Velroy and the Madischie Mafia
By Sy Hoahwah
Blood Will Tell
By Craig Paulenich
Bar Book: Poems and Otherwise
By Julie Sheehan
Reviewed by Peter Oresick

Out of the Mainstream: Books and Films You May Have Missed
By Matt Witt

Poetry

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