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http://wox.sagepub.com Work and Occupations DOI: 10.1177/0730888405285692 2006; 33; 234 Work and Occupations Michael Schwartz and Organizers in the New Union Movement Book Review: Hard Work: Remaking the American Labor Movement, and Rebuilding Labor: Organizing http://wox.sagepub.com The online version of this article can be found at: Published by: http://www.sagepublications.com can be found at: Work and Occupations Additional services and information for http://wox.sagepub.com/cgi/alerts Email Alerts: http://wox.sagepub.com/subscriptions Subscriptions: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsReprints.nav Reprints: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav Permissions: © 2006 SAGE Publications. All rights reserved. Not for commercial use or unauthorized distribution. at COLUMBIA UNIV on March 1, 2008 http://wox.sagepub.com Downloaded from
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toward union membership and the public sector, conditions hardly typical for the average worker who is job insecure in Europe. It is also unclear why these four countries should form an optimal sample for studying job insecurity. Jelle Visser Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies, University of Amsterdam Hard Work: Remaking the American Labor Movement . Berkeley: University of California Press. 244 pp. $50.00 (cloth). Rebuilding Labor: Organiz- ing and Organizers in the New Union Movement . Ithaca, NY: ILR Press. 309 pp. $49.95 (cloth). DOI: 10.1177/0730888405285692 These books are part of a growing library of sharp-edged analysis of working-class organizing and organizations, developed in conjunction with the new social movement unionism that has been rippling through organized labor in the United States since the early 1990s. Although only a few critical moments in this revival of union building have reached the popular media (most recently the high-profile secession of key unions from the AFL-CIO in the summer of 2005), the underlying dynamic—an uneven progression of signal advances followed by noteworthy failures—has attracted the schol- arly attention and activist involvement of an impressive contingent of sophis- ticated academic researchers. The contributors to these volumes are exemplars of both the analytic sophistication of the academic work and the unique activist perspective that has characterized this scholarship. The senior scholars—including authors Fantasia and Voss and editors Milkman and Voss (again)—are pioneers in this area whose earlier contributions (e.g., Fantasia, 1988; Milkman, 1997; Voss, 1993) are basic founding texts that form the standard against which more recent works are judged. Their contributions in these two volumes meet these standards; but even more important is the fact that all of the essays in Rebuilding Labor are written or coauthored by a new generation of junior
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