Beyond $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists, and the Revival of the Labor Movement

Beyond Immigrant Workers Faith Activists and the Revival of the Labor Movement The inside story of the first successful minimum wage campaign that renewed a national labor movement SeaTac Washington a small city built around Seattle Tacoma International Airport gained nation

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  • Title: Beyond $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists, and the Revival of the Labor Movement
  • Author: Jonathan D. Rosenblum
  • ISBN: 9780807098097
  • Page: 165
  • Format: ebook
  • The inside story of the first successful 15 minimum wage campaign that renewed a national labor movement SeaTac, Washington a small city built around Seattle Tacoma International Airport gained national recognition as the first successful 15 minimum wage battleground But what most people don t know is that the SeaTac fight didn t begin with wages The campaign emerge The inside story of the first successful 15 minimum wage campaign that renewed a national labor movement SeaTac, Washington a small city built around Seattle Tacoma International Airport gained national recognition as the first successful 15 minimum wage battleground But what most people don t know is that the SeaTac fight didn t begin with wages The campaign emerged from an unlikely coalition that first united over the right of Muslim airport workers to pray When unions stood in solidarity with Somali immigrants in a conflict with their employer over prayer breaks, something remarkable happened From this skirmish a powerful coalition of immigrant workers, clergy, and unions emerged to force a dramatic showdown with the airlines and political establishment At stake was not just money but justice whether the airport economy would serve the needs of everyone who made it work Driven by captivating narrative and insightful analysis, Jonathan Rosenblum s book reveals the inside story of SeaTac airport workers and clergy staging face to face confrontations with corporate leaders the challenges of uniting a diverse, largely immigrant workforce and the internal tensions that nearly destroyed the coalition Beyond 15 is a blunt assessment of the daunting problems within today s unions a blueprint for a powerful, all inclusive labor movement and a call for workers to reclaim their power and voice in the new economy

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    1. Author Rosenblum looks at the battle around the Seattle-Tacoma Airport for raising the minimum wage. What emerged from a fight for Somali immigrant workers for the right to pray soon evolved into immigrant workers, clergy, and unions coming together for a larger battle that would have implications beyond the Sea-Tac area. The author looks at how we got here, the role of big businesses and banks and what people from immigrants to clergy to union members, etc. can do in the fight for their rights. [...]

    2. Rosenblum's book appears to have two purposes: to describe the process through which a group of airport workers pushed for and obtained significant financial concessions from a large airline, and to describe how much more is needed to achieve true economic justice for workers. He provides excruciating details about how airlines used bankruptcy laws to break unions and rebuff workers' demands, and recounts the many strategies that were combined to achieve progress at SeaTac in Washington state. H [...]

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