The FMLA Handbook, 4th Edition
By Robert M. Schwartz
A thorough, highly readable handbook that will help every worker get the most out of the surprisingly comprehensive 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act. It explains how unions can protect workers who are absent from work for justifiable medical or family-care reasons; block compulsory "light-duty" work programs; force employers to allow part-time schedules; obtain attendance bonuses for workers absent for medical reasons; and much more. An important tool for every union’s arsenal.
199 pages paperback
The Legal Rights of Union Stewards, 4th Edition
By Robert M. Schwartz
This is a 2009, Fourth Edition (revised) of a classic for labor activist: a thorough and easy-to-use digest of the rights of union stewards and officers. Also available in Spanish, 4th edition, or as a 2 CD audio book. Specify in "comment" field when ordering.
155 pages paperback
A New New Deal: Regional Activism and the Labor Movement
By Amy B. Dean and David B. Reynolds
A New Deal, Dean and Reynolds offer a bold new plan to revitalize American labor activism and build a sense of common purpose between labor and community organizations. They demonstrate how alliances organized at the regional level are the most effective tool to build a voice for working people in the workplace, community, and halls of government. The authors draw on their own successes to offer in-depth, contemporary case studies of effective labor-community coalitions. They also outline a concrete strategy for building power at the regional level. They view the model as presenting the regional building blocks for national change. A diverse audience—both within the labor movement and among its allies—will welcome this clear, detailed, and inspiring presentation of regional power-building tactics, which include deep coalition-building, leadership development, policy research, and aggressive political action.
272 pages hardcover
Mother Jones said it best:
Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street
By John Nichols
Ripped from the headlines, Uprising provides a bracing snapshot of the union-led protest movement that captivated the nation and paved the path for the Occupy Wall Street movement. Author John Nichols recounts the gripping story of the more than 100,000 public employees, teachers, students, and their allies who descended on the capital in Madison, Wisconsin in 2011 after Republican Gov. Scott Walker announced his plan to eliminate the right of public sector employees to unionize. The dramatic struggle (and the Democratic caucus’s secret escape across the border to Indiana in order to block a quorum) elicited extensive national media coverage and debate—as well as enormous grassroots support for protestors.
192 pages paperback