Union membership in the United States has fallen beneath 11%, the lowest rate since before the New Deal. Longtime scholar of the American union movement Stanley Aronowitz argues that the labor movement as we have known it for most of the last 100 years is effectively dead. And he asserts that this death has been a long time coming - the organizing principles chosen by the labor movement at mid-century have come back to haunt the movement today. In an expansive survey of new initiatives, strikes, organizations, and allies Aronowitz analyzes the possibilities of labor's renewal, and sets out a program for a new, broad, radical workers' movement.
Stanley Aronowitz has taught at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York since 1983, where he is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Urban Education, and where he is director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Technology and Work. He is author or editor of twenty-five books and is founding editor of the journal Social Text.