Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Reading, Writing, and Union-Building


Reading, Writing, and Union-Building by Steve Early at Znet.

Steve Early has an interesting essay on labor writers and pubslishing. He reports,"as Labor Studies Journal editor Bruce Nissen observes, "Any labor book selling over 5,000 copies is a ‘best seller.'"
Early's essay includes a summary of recent books focusing on labor and general observations about the state of publishing on labor topics. I plan to recommend Early's essay to my classes on library services for adults.

(Steve Early has written about labor for The Nation, The Progressive, In These Times, Tikkun, Social Policy, The American Prospect, New Politics, New Labor Forum, WorkingUSA, Against The Current, and many other publications. As a national staff member of the Communications Workers of America, he was involved in union organizing, bargaining, and strike activity for 27 years. This article is adapted from the introduction and afterward to Embedded With Organized Labor: Journalistic Reflections On The Class War At Home (Monthly Review Press, 2009). Copies can be ordered now at: http://www.monthlyreview.org/embeddedwithorganizedlabor.php

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