Fighting Union Busters in a Carolina Carpet Mill: An Organizer's Memoir

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McFarland & Company
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5.9 X 8.7 X 0.6 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author
Phil Cohen emerged from a tough working class background to become one of the labor movement's most celebrated field agents responsible for landmark decisions by the National Labor Relations Board and OSHA.
"Southern organizing and the role of anti-union consultants in thwarting it was back in the news this year when Amazon workers lost a union representation vote in Bessemer, Alabama. Union members and staff hoping to avoid such setbacks in the future should consult a new book by Phil Cohen, a longtime labor activist in the South. Cohen's Fighting Union Busters in a Carolina Carpet Mill: An Organizer's Memoir describes how a group of North Carolina factory workers survived a union-busting campaign, which employed many of the same tactics, legal and illegal, used by Amazon. For organizers countering similar threats to existing bargaining units or those trying to create new ones without the benefit of employer neutrality and card check recognition, Cohen provides a useful prep course on what to expect in any contested National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election proceeding.... a detailed account of the successful union detective work involved...Cohen drew on decades of experience handling NLRB case and utilized the workplace relationships and networks of Local 294-T members...Cohen's book contains lots of good practical advice, for union officers and staff, about dealing with union and management lawyers, Labor Board agents, and Regional Directors."-New York Labor History Association
"Fighting Union Busters provides many important lessons for the union movement in how to organize against corporations that are determined to use any means-legal or illegal-to defeat union organizing... The ultimately successful efforts by Cohen and Local 294-T to prevent Mohawk's union-busting campaign, against great odds, is an inspiring tale in the fight for a better world."-Green Left.
"The decertification battle reads almost like a novel. Cohen interjects his personal story along with the local union leadership efforts and the rank-and-file workers' reactions. As one reads, the tension grows ... Cohen includes clear explanation on federal law, union rights and even the leaflets he produces. This is a great way to learn basic union rights and the how an organizer works with members and leadership to ensure their voice is heard yet also keeps the union moving forward. ... This is an easy read and the intensive fight to stop the union busting campaign builds momentum within the book. A union representative's job is a constant effort, maintaining self-discipline and building relationships with members, union officers, management and federal agents. Anyone who thinks the job is easy would learn from Cohen's experience. Learning how a union operates with staff like Cohen and elected local members offers great insights."-Peoria Labor Paper