Fall 2014

Fall 2014Contents

From the Editorial Team

Under the Radar
By Sarah Jaffe
Unreported and under-reported news and views that matter.

On the Contrary
Whose Side Are You On?
By Andrew Ross

Engage, Don’t Divest, from Israel
By Jo-Ann Mort

The Changing Faces of Poverty and Inequality

How We Once Came to Fight a War on Poverty
By Frances Fox Piven
Why we waged a war on poverty and what we won.

Wage Inequality: A Story of Policy Choices
By Lawrence Mishel, John Schmitt, and Heidi Shierholz
The overlooked reason for the burgeoning income gap.

The Time Crunch: Will Labor Lead?
By Dan Clawson and Naomi Gerstel
Why American workers might join organized labor in a fight to control work hours.

If Not Now, When? A Labor Movement Plan to Address Climate Change
By Jeremy Brecher, Ron Blackwell, and Joe Uehlein
How labor can champion a movement against global warming and for economic justice.

Curbing the Consequences: Achieving Better Outcomes for Workers in Municipal Bankruptcies
By Iris J. Lav
What sunk our bankrupt cities and who should bail them out?

An Accident in History
By Rich Appelbaum and Nelson Lichtenstein
A strategy for ending the global sweatshop.

Dirty Jobs, Done Dirt Cheap: Working in Reality Television
By Gabriel Winant
Reality TV tells fairy tales about work.

A Year for Revision
By Ari Paul
Internal union reform and self-critique provided the silver lining in labor’s stormy weather.

Domestic Workers Go Global: The Birth of the International Domestic Workers Federation
By Eileen Boris and Jennifer N. Fish
The first international labor federation run by women for work dominated by women.

Economic Prospects
How Policymakers Can Help the Long-term Unemployed
By Mike Konczal

Roots of Rebellion
A guide to insurgencies from coast to coast.

The Battle over the Minimum Wage, City by City
By Peter Dreier

Organized Money: What Is Corporate America Thinking?

Courting Disaster
By Max Fraser

Books and the Arts

Chávez in Hollywood: A Roundtable
Cesar Chavez
Directed by Diego Luna
Reviewed by Bruce Neuburger, Miriam Pawel, Frank Bardacke, and Randy Shaw

Dystopia or Utopia? Alternative Visions of the City of Detroit
Directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady

We Are Not Ghosts
Directed by Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young
Reviewed by Heidi Gottfried

Chicken and Shrimp: Two Perspectives on Globalization
The Chicken Trail: Following Workers, Migrants, and Corporations across the Americas
By Kathleen C. Schwartzman
Buoyancy on the Bayou: Shrimpers Face the Rising Tide of Globalization
By Jill Ann Harrison
Reviewed by John M. Talbot

Political Impotence . . . Union Made
Enough Blame to Go Around: The Labor Pains of New York City’s Public Employee Unions
By Richard Steier
Reviewed by John Krinsky

The Perils of Putting Profits before Patients
Cleaning Up: How Hospital Outsourcing Is Hurting Workers and Endangering Patients
By Dan Zuberi
Reviewed by Rebecca Kolins Givan

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


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