Beyond $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists, and the Revival of the Labor Movement

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Beacon Press, 2017 - BUSINESS & ECONOMICS - 240 pages
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"The inside story of the first successful $15 minimum wage campaign that renewed a national labor movement SeaTac, Washington--a small city built around Seattle-Tacoma International Airport--gained national recognition as the first successful $15 minimum wage battleground. But what most people don't know is that the SeaTac fight didn't begin with wages. The campaign emerged from an unlikely coalition that first united over the right of Muslim airport workers to pray. When unions stood in solidarity with Somali immigrants in a conflict with their employer over prayer breaks, something remarkable happened. From this skirmish a powerful coalition of immigrant workers, clergy, and unions emerged to force a dramatic showdown with the airlines and political establishment. At stake was not just money but justice: whether the airport economy would serve the needs of everyone who made it work. Driven by captivating narrative and insightful analysis, Jonathan Rosenblum's book reveals the inside story of SeaTac: airport workers and clergy staging face-to-face confrontations with corporate leaders; the challenges of uniting a diverse, largely immigrant workforce; and the internal tensions that nearly destroyed the coalition. Beyond $15 is a blunt assessment of the daunting problems within today's unions; a blueprint for a powerful, all-inclusive labor movement; and a call for workers to reclaim their power and voice in the new economy"--
 

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User Review  - 3wheeledlibrarian - LibraryThing

I really appreciated this testimony to the power of direct action. I have, in fact, really truly recommended this book to my daughter, who is a political activist. As the other reviewers have ... Read full review

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User Review  - JeffV - LibraryThing

It's been awhile now since Seattle approved a $15 minimum wage. How did it get passed there when the struggle was more prominent elsewhere? This book by a labor organizer tells exactly what went down ... Read full review

Contents

An Introduction to Power Inequality I
1
SeaTac and the Fight for a Fair Economy
37
A Moral Movement
73
If You Want Big Change You Need a Big Idea
92
Beyond the Ballot Box
154
Acknowledgments
192
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Jonathan Rosenblum has been a labor organizer for more than thirty years, playing key roles including Sea-Tac Airport campaign director. His writing has been featured in Tikkun, In These Times, and Yes! Magazine. He lives in Seattle, WA.

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