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There is Power in a Union

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Historian Philip Dray gives an account of American labor from the dawn of the industrial age to the present day—from the textile mills of Lowell, Massachusetts, the first real factories in America, to the waning influence of unions today. There is Power in a Union: The Epic Story of Labor in America  gives an account of the accomplishments of organized labor and reveals its central role in our social, political, economic, and cultural evolution.

Guests:

Philip Dray

Comments [5]

Murray Hill from Manhattan

This question and answer format is one of the most informative techniques I know.
Mr. Dray's knowledgeable responses to Mr. Lopate's incisive questions was the equivalent of a formal 90-minute lecture--an always interesting and fast-moving one at that.

Nov. 16 2010 02:04 PM
Ralph

How can unions battle the offshoring of jobs.

Nov. 16 2010 01:57 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Could Philip Dray comment on how when black workers were finally admitted into labor unions, they still faced issues of "seniority" & were accorded lower status & wages because the previous discrimination had kept them from accumulating time in the union? How much did women workers face the same treatment when they could join unions?

Nov. 16 2010 01:49 PM
Joe from NJ

What does Mr. Dray have to say about the oft-cited fact that the unions built the foundation for the American middle class, but have been under relentless attack by multinationals and their wholly owned subsidiary GOP (Greed Over People)?

Nov. 16 2010 12:12 PM
Steve from Rockville Centre, NY

What does Mr. Dray have to say about the oft-cited accusation that the current decline in American unions is due to their "excesses" of the 70's and 80's?

Nov. 16 2010 12:02 PM

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