STRIKE by Richard Vigilante


The Daily News War and the Future of American Labor
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 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 post-industrial future with a vengeance.''

Pub Date: July 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-671-79631-3
Page count: 368pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 1994


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