In A New New Deal, the labor movement leaders Amy B.
Dean and David B. Reynolds offer a bold new plan to revitalize
American labor activism and build a sense of common purpose between
labor and community organizations. Dean and Reynolds demonstrate
how alliances organized at the regional level are the most
effective tool to build a voice for working people in the
workplace, community, and halls of government.
The authors draw on their own successes to offer in-depth,
contemporary case studies of effective labor-community coalitions.
They also outline a concrete strategy for building power at the
regional level. This pioneering model presents the regional
building blocks for national change. A diverse audience-both within
the labor movement and among its allies-will welcome this clear,
detailed, and inspiring presentation of regional power-building
tactics, which include deep coalition-building, leadership
development, policy research, and aggressive political action.
A New New Deal explores successful coalitions forged in
Los Angeles, Boston, Denver, San Jose, New Haven, and Atlanta
toward goals such as universal health insurance for children and
sensible redevelopment efforts that benefit workers as well as
businesses. The authors view partnerships between labor and
grassroots organizations as a mutually beneficial strategy based on
shared goals, resulting in a broadened membership base and
increased organizational capacity. They make the innovative
argument that the labor movement can steward both industry and
community and make manifest the ways in which workplace battles are
not the parochial concerns of isolated workers, but a fundamental
struggle for America's future.
Drawing on historical parallels, the authors illustrate how
long-term collaborations between labor and community organizations
are sowing the seeds of a new New Deal.
Subjects: Political Science
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