by Alexandra Bradbury, Mark Brenner & Jane Slaughter
Are there problems where you work? Maybe your pay is too low, conditions are unsafe, or your boss has it in for someone you work with. You picked up this book because you're ready to do something about it. For us, that takes organizing. For the boss, it spells trouble. This book will show you how to fight back where you work and win. We've distilled the insights and know-how of generations of organizers into 47 secrets, illustrated with hundreds of real-life examples and practical tips. You'll learn how to identify the key issues in your workplace, build campaigns to tackle them, anticipate management's tricks and traps, and inspire your co-workers to stand together despite their fears. It's a step-by-step guide to building power on the job.
"Labor Notes has a winner again! Their newest book, Secrets of a Successful Organizer, is so well-written and the information is so comprehensive that any novice or expert will learn how to be a great organizer. It’s a great tool for training leaders. By using real-life examples with stories from real workers, you can see right away how the process can be applied at every workplace, from hospitals to fast food restaurants to factories. If the whole labor movement used this model, unions would be growing rather than declining." — Patricia Eakin, RN, President, Pennsylvania Association for Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals
"This is an excellent book for anyone in the labor movement. I see this as a 'guide' that is not meant to be read once and put down. This is a comprehensive text that should be studied and applied by anyone involved in the labor movement. As a leader it brings me back to the basics of unionism and organizing within our union. I will recommend this to all my stewards and I plan on using some of the exercises within our trainings. Definitely a must-read for everyone who is actively organizing and representing union members, but also for those who are trying to unionize!" — Mack Julion, President, National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 11