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by Kate Bronfenbrenner,Tom Juravich




Over the past two decades, Americans have seen their workplaces downsized and streamlined, their jobs out-sourced, sped up, and, all too often, eliminated. Unions have seemed powerless to defend their members, with big defeats in the strikes at PATCO, Eastern Airlines, International Paper, and Hormel. Ravenswood recounts how the United Steelworkers of America, in a battle waged over an aluminum plant in West Virginia, proved that organized labor can still wineven against a company controlled by one of the world's richest and most powerful men. Fast paced and compellingly written, the book provides an insider's look at the new tactics that many hope will revitalize the struggle for workers' rights in America.On November 1, 1990, just as its contract with the United Steelworkers of America was about to expire, Ravenswood Aluminum Corporation locked out its seventeen hundred employees and hired permanent replacements. Despite deteriorating conditions that had led to five deaths in the previous year, the company had refused to discuss safety and health issues. The locked-out workers faced an industry in turmoil, a plant manager with a grudge against the union, and a business controlled by a billionaire fugitive from justice. Tom Juravich and Kate Bronfenbrenner describe how victory was achieved through the commitment of the workers and their families coupled with one of the most innovative contract campaigns ever waged by an American union.
Download Ravenswood: The Steelworker's Victory and the Revival of American Labor (ILR Press Books) epub
ISBN: 0801436338
ISBN13: 978-0801436338
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Author: Kate Bronfenbrenner,Tom Juravich
Language: English
Publisher: Ilr Pr; Second printing. edition (June 1, 1999)
Pages: 245 pages
ePUB size: 1464 kb
FB2 size: 1264 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 630
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Unions and communities seeking tools to control global corporate power now have a handy guidebook -- "Ravenswood." This excellent book details how West Virginia steelworkers waged an international effort to maintain their jobs and safe conditions. Their innovative tactics and coalition building are lessons union and community activists can use. Plus workers' voices resonate in this book, as they struggle to maintain their lives. A first class effort!
Daizil
Unions and communities seeking tools to control global corporate power now have a handy guidebook -- "Ravenswood." This excellent book details how West Virginia steelworkers waged an international effort to maintain their jobs and safe conditions. Their innovative tactics and coalition building are lessons union and community activists can use. Plus workers' voices resonate in this book, as they struggle to maintain their lives. A first class effort!
Ishnsius
If you are a UNION activist you MUST read it. It's hard to put this one down once you start. Just buy it.
Faulkree
I now work at the aluminum manufacturing faility about which this book is written. I read the book as research while considering the job offer and found it enlightening and well done. The "story line" clearly is inspiring to people in the labor movement and, quite frankly, it should be.

This being said, it's not a "one sided story," as I found out once employed at the facility. Conflict at the plant was intense, with very strong feeling on both sides. The story of the replacement workers - scabs - is given relatively short treatment. If the people I've spoken with at the facility are to be believed, significant violence associated with the conflict is skimmed over and reported minimally.

This is a very good book - not the last word as the current owners and the USW are still working to heal some of the old wounds at the facility. I'd recommend it highly to anyone interested in the labor movement...
Sha
I ordered three of these books for Christmas gifts. It's a great read. Since these come from 3rd party all three came from different places. Don't order from Fairy Tale books. Still getting the run around of no book and no refund. Gave me story of being broken into but doesn't follow through with any customer service. Stay away from Fairy tale books!!!!
JUST DO IT
During the Reagan era of the National Labor Relations Board, the labor climate in America was decidedly pro-employer. Yet even against that bias, the workers at the Ravenswood Aluminum Company were able to prevail against Emmett Boyle and his cohorts. This victory resulted from a combination of the egregious conduct of Boyle et al and the tenacious protests of the Steelworkers. Juravich and Bronfenbrenner detail how the workers built a successful campaign which capitalized on the gaffes committed by RAC and exposed the criminality of ownership's conduct. The authors follow this campaign as it progressed in the United States and abroad. The narrative is extremely readable, with character insights into the leading forces on both sides of the issue. The narrative bogs down a little when detailing the trek across Europe, but it does not become slow enough to make one set the book aside.
In an era when the grandchildren of union workers question the need for unions, and at times even lay blame at the feet of unions, this book is a reminder of the evils which would otherwise be unchecked, were it not for effective labor organizations. If not unions, what would be the check on the conduct of management? Will quarterly reports to shareholders, who are only concerned with profits, insure worker safety? Will often unenforced criminal laws mold the conduct of people like Emmett Boyle? Will OSHA regulations insure fairness? Is it possible that our tort system will protect the economically disadvantaged workers in battles against the deep pockets of management? Only an effective organized labor movement can adequately protect today's workers from abuses inherent in the system. Without being obnoxiously ideological, the authors powerfully convey this sentiment.
IGOT
As the daughter of a 5668 lockedout employee, who was really too young to fully understand the total impact of the lockout, I looked forward to this book. It has allowed me to have a better grasp of what it was really like for my parents and all of the other Steelworkers and their families. I have come to appreciate what it is to be UNION! This book gave me some suprises that I did not anticipate (PIC!! You know who you are!!!) It also brought me to tears on a numer of occasions. I know the fear, depression, hopelessness that all of these members felt. Bless our union! You truly held "ONE DAY LONGER" than that "Boyle on your Back" and prevailed!! BTW my dad did not make it through the 1st chapter before putting it down in tears, and never picked it up again, because it hits home that hard. Truly a must for anyone involved with this dispute or anyone involved in one of their own. Congratulations 5668
Ravenswood is an excellent account of the recent labor victory for the USWA in 1992. The book reads well and does a very good job of holding the reader's interest as the tale of how Local 5668 fought the infamous Marc Rich and won. The drawback of the book is that is is written by very pro labor authors and the view point and opinion portrayed throughout is very slanted in the union's favor. Unbiased opinion and view point is missing, if you're looking for an objective view of the account, this book will not offer that.