STRIKE: The Daily News War and the Future of American Labor by Richard Vigilante

STRIKE: The Daily News War and the Future of American Labor

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KIRKUS REVIEW

What better event than a newspaper strike to show the gulf between the assumptions of the American labor movement and the realities of the information economy? In addition to a case study of a rowdy New York newspaper strike, complete with chomped stogies and all forms of legal and illegal intimidation and trash-talk, Vigilante situates the New York Daily News strike of 1990 in the context of a postindustrial economy -- in which, increasingly, it's the lap-top instead of the lathe that workers are being asked to use. Labor leaders, not just moralizing management, are asking themselves whether they could better serve their unions by emphasizing ""worker productivity"" at least as much as ""worker solidarity."" New York Newsday columnist Vigilante argues that the labor movement, one of many products of the industrial revolution, must ""join the postindustrial future with a vengeance.

Pub Date: July 1st, 1994
Page count: 368pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paramount