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Upheaval in the quiet zone : 1199SEIU and the politics of health care unionism /
Leon Fink and Brian Greenberg.
edition
2nd ed.
imprint
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2009.
description
xix, 366 p.
ISBN
9780252076053 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2009.
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9780252076053 (pbk. : alk. paper)
contents note
Before the union : the hospital worker as involuntary philanthropist -- Awakening at Montefiore : the hospital that refused to fight -- The brewing storm : organizing from the ground up -- The battle of '59 : anatomy of a hospital strike -- Staying alive : the search for legal recognition -- Coming of age : building an effective union in the 1960s -- Stayed on freedom : a labor crusade behind the Magnolia Curtain -- High expectations and harsh realities : confronting a changing health care system in the 1970s -- 1199 exceptionalism : taking stock of the first generation -- Union power, soul power : when the solution becomes the problem -- Picking up the pieces : 1199's recipe for revival in -- The Dennis Rivera era -- 1199 exceptionalism revisited : the politics of partnership -- Epilogue : SEIU health care: RX for growth or a family feud?
catalogue key
6730530
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Leon Fink is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Brian Greenberg is Jules L. Plangere Jr. Chair of American Social History at Monmouth University.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2009-09-01:
With the election of Barack Obama, organized labor has its best chance for renewal in three decades. An improved political climate and realistic prospects for legal reform will enable unions to recruit members, bargain more aggressively, and exert greater influence in labor markets. For the health care sector this is important because the push toward universal medical coverage will create new employment opportunities. The second edition of this study of Local 1199 is thus a timely contribution to the literature. The first edition (CH, Nov'89, 27-1596) traced the union's history from its early beginnings to a period of stagnation in the 1980s. In this new edition, Fink (Univ. of Illinois, Chicago) and Greenberg (Monmouth Univ.) trace the 1989 election of Dennis Rivera as president, which marked a turning point in union evolution. Under Rivera's leadership the union abandoned its traditional militancy and became a more cooperative participant in health care administration. In 1998, the local affiliated with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and in 2006, Rivera became president of SEIU Healthcare. SEIU leader Andy Stern, who has close ties to the Obama administration, will undoubtedly commit substantial resources to union organizing campaigns. This study offers invaluable background for understanding future developments. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate, research, and professional collections. R. L. Hogler Colorado State University
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"In updating their classic history of Local 1199, Fink and Greenberg show how one of the nation's most dynamic unions has navigated the shoals of a health care industry in constant turmoil and a labor movement trying to reinvent itself. A must read for those trying to understand labor today." Joshua B. Freeman, author ofWorking-Class New York: Life and Labor Since World War II"Fascinating . . . A must for anyone concerned with the organization of the working poor." Michael Harrington "A timely, illuminating, and indispensable account of the politics of health care and how one union transformed the industry. Taking 1199's story into the present day, Fink and Greenberg assess the new service unionism's promise for revitalizing the labor movement and the challenges it faces in creating a better health care system for us all."Dorothy Sue Cobble, author ofDishing It Out: Waitresses and Their Unions in the Twentieth Century
"This study offers invaluable background for understanding future developments. Highly recommended."-- Choice
“This study offers invaluable background for understanding future developments. Highly recommended.”-- Choice
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Summaries
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This edition updates the dramatic story of 1199SEIU, an insurgent labour union that eventually established itself as a vital force in the modern labour movement. This book conveys the promise and problems of movement-building in the 21st-century health care industry.
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This new second edition updates the dramatic story of 1199SEIU, an insurgent labor union that eventually established itself as a vital force in the modern labor movement. When SEIU president Andrew Stern laid plans in 2006 for a new national health care workers union that would both reach out to the unorganized and campaign for universal, national health insurance, he turned to 1199 president Dennis Rivera--and the 1199 political model--to lead the effort. With new material that updates the union's history since the 1990s, this book conveys the promise and problems of movement-building in the twenty-first century health care industry.
Main Description
This new second edition updates the dramatic story of 1199SEIU, an insurgent labour union that eventually established itself as a vital force in the modern labour movement. When SEIU president Andrew Stern laid plans in 2006 for a new national health care workers union that would both reach out to the unorganized and campaign for universal, national health insurance, he turned to 1199 president Dennis Rivera - and the 1199 political model - to lead the effort. With new material that updates the union's history since the 1990s, this book conveys the promise and problems of movement-building in the twenty-first century health care industry.
Table of Contents
Introduction to the Second Editionp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Before the Union: The Hospital Worker as Involuntary Philanthropistp. 1
Awakening at Montefiore: The Hospital That Refused to Fightp. 28
The Brewing Storm: Organizing from the Ground Upp. 44
The Battle of '59: Anatomy of a Hospital Strikep. 63
Staying Alive: The Search for Legal Recognitionp. 91
Coming of Age: Building an Effective Union in the 1960sp. 112
Stayed on Freedom: A Labor Crusade behind the Magnolia Curtainp. 129
High Expectations and Harsh Realities: Confronting a Changing Health Care System in the 1970sp. 159
1199 Exceptionalism: Taking Stock of the First Generationp. 181
Union Power, Soul Power: When the Solution Becomes the Problemp. 209
Picking Up the Pieces: 1199's Recipe for Revival in the Dennis Rivera Erap. 244
1199 Exceptionalism Revisited: The Politics of Partnershipp. 262
Epilogue: SEIU Healthcare-Rx for Growth or a Family Feud?p. 287
Notesp. 301
List of Interviewsp. 349
Indexp. 351
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