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Troublemaker's Handbook 2, A: How to Fight Back Where You Work -- and Win!


Ed. Jane Slaughter


Labor Notes







Labor Notes, 7435 Michigan Ave, Detroit MI 48210





"The most important challenge for labor and society in the twenty-first century is the question of democracy. But for democracy to flourish, we need to resist and transform authoritarian institutions - especially corporations. The Troublemaker's Handbook shows workplace activists how to take the offensive and reclaim democracy-on the shop floor, in our communities, at the union hall. This handbook can guide readers on how to construct democratic communities and have a lot of fun along the way." -- Elaine Bernard, Executive Director, Harvard Trade Union Program A follow up to the successful A Troublemaker's Handbook 1, published in 1991, this book is a compilation of the stories, works, and wisdom of 72 authors and 250 activists fighting for rights and control in the workplace. A "troublemaker" is defined as an "activist who dares to defend her or his rights and those of fellow workers," which often means disturbing the comfort levels of managers and bosses. The 25 chapters include topics such as "The Basics of Organizing," "Bringing Immigrants into the Movement," "Dealing With the Media," "International Solidarity," and "Troublemaking for the Long Haul." The chapters function as a joint learning experience- rather than telling the reader what precisely to do, it offers witness accounts of how other groups and/or leaders have achieved certain gains. Each chapter, however, offers at its conclusion a list of resources where the reader may further research topics brought up in the section. Following this, the book presents "Action Questions" which are meant to get the reader thinking about how to implement similar tactics at their own workplace. Additionally, the final chapter is dedicated entirely to resources, listing organizations, periodicals, handbooks, videos, internet sites, and more. From an organizational standpoint, the anthology is clear and straightforward. Chapters are broken into clearly headed sections that make for an easy and efficient read. Additionally, a number of pictures, bullet points, and tables help effectively and clearly communicate information.




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