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Raising Expectations (And Raising Hell) ➽ [Reading] ➿ Raising Expectations (And Raising Hell) By Jane F. McAlevey ➲ – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk A real life Norma Rae on the catastrophic state of the American union movementIn , in the first contested election in the history of the AFL CIO, John Sweeney won the presidency of the nation s larges A real life Norma Rae on the catastrophic state of the American union movementIn , in the first contested election in the history of the AFL CIO, John Sweeney won the presidency of the nation s largest labor federation, promising renewal and resurgence Today, less thanpercent of American private sector workers belong to a union, the lowest percentage since the beginning of the twentieth century, and public employee collective bargaining has been dealt devastating blows in Wisconsin and elsewhere What happened Jane McAlevey is famous and notorious in the American labor movement as the hard charging organizer who racked up a string of victories at a time when union leaders said winning wasn t possible Then she was bounced from the movement, a victim of the high level internecine warfare that has torn apart organized labor In this engrossing and funny narrative that reflects the personality of its charismatic, wisecracking author McAlevey tells the story of a number of dramatic organizing and contract victories, and the unconventional strategies that helped achieve them Raising Expectations and Raising Hell argues that labor can be revived, but only if the movement acknowledges its mistakes and fully commits to deep organizing, participatory education, militancy, and an approach to workers and their communities that resembles the campaigns of the s in short, social movement unionism that involves raising workers expectations while raising hell.

  • Kindle Edition
  • 332 pages
  • Raising Expectations (And Raising Hell)
  • Jane F. McAlevey
  • English
  • 09 August 2019

About the Author: Jane F. McAlevey

Jane F McAlevey is a union and community organizer, educator, author, and scholar She s fourth generation union, raised in an activist union household She spent the first half of her organizing life working in the community organizing and environmental justice movements and the second half in the union movement She has led power structure analyses and strategic planning trainings for a wide range of union and community organizations and has had extensive involvement in globalization and global environmental issuesShe is currently a Senior Policy Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley s Labor Center, part of the Institute for Labor Employment Relations.



10 thoughts on “Raising Expectations (And Raising Hell)

  1. bianca guerrero bianca guerrero says:

    WOW WHAT A BOOK This book is about McAlevey s decade Organizing hospital staff nurses, techs, etc in Las Vegas It is a book about what bringing democratic practices into the workplace really looks like, the failures of contemporary labor organizing, and the endless possibilities of worker power this book has inspired me to learnabout labor history and different models of labor organizing and to work for a union in the future In the middle of reading this book, I even emailed the aut WOW WHAT A BOOK This book is about McAlevey s decade Organizing hospital staff nurses, techs, etc in Las Vegas It is a book about what bringing democratic practices into the workplace really looks like, the failures of contemporary labor organizing, and the endless possibilities of worker power this book has inspired me to learnabout labor history and different models of labor organizing and to work for a union in the future In the middle of reading this book, I even emailed the author to see if she would start an organizing institute similar to Obama s 2018 organizer training institute I want to learn the power of my being, communications, and other skills that make McAlevey described in this book from her directly I would recommend this book to anyone who needs something Bright, exciting, and motivating in this political climate I would also recommend to anyone who is curious doesn t know anything about unions or the labor movement in the United States since the author weaves crucial history into the book lastly I would recommend anyone who is struggling to figure out what democracy looks like in practice, outside of the political electoral sphere The annoying part of the book is that the author dwells on petty cheese mi The annoying part of the book is that the author dwells on some interpersonal conflict she had that after reading so many of them come across as very petty I recognize that she unveiled the conflicts to show some of the structural issues with contemporary labor organizing, it just gets a little irritating

  2. Jamie Jamie says:

    It s hard to feel completely comfortable with a tell all It is hard to distinguish the pursuit of score settling from honest critiques and assessments and since a large portion of this book is designed to illuminate worker successes in the labor movement and how they are still possible in this day and age, the negativity about many well known union players makes it feel all thatfutile.That being said, as a former SEIU organizer myself, I agree with many of her points and her arguments a It s hard to feel completely comfortable with a tell all It is hard to distinguish the pursuit of score settling from honest critiques and assessments and since a large portion of this book is designed to illuminate worker successes in the labor movement and how they are still possible in this day and age, the negativity about many well known union players makes it feel all thatfutile.That being said, as a former SEIU organizer myself, I agree with many of her points and her arguments are compelling to an insider from the need formilitancy and openness to strike to the sad churn of talented organizers who get turned off or directed away by the petty politics and egos in these locals I would recommend this for all young people exploring working in the movement, though be prepared obviously for a bitmovement veneer to be tarnished it shows some ways forwards within a regressive system, yet is a reminder that this is a fight that never ends in victoryor in defeat, but perpetual struggle

  3. Kristen Kristen says:

    After Michigan went Right to Work I realized I knew precious little about labor unions All I ve had to go on was my parents, grandparents and now in laws telling me that unions are absolutely essential while countless others told me about their waste and irrelevance This well written account of a former SEIU organizer, predominately about her support of nurses in right to work Nevada, opened my eyes about why unions are still needed on the shop floor and in the community and where they can After Michigan went Right to Work I realized I knew precious little about labor unions All I ve had to go on was my parents, grandparents and now in laws telling me that unions are absolutely essential while countless others told me about their waste and irrelevance This well written account of a former SEIU organizer, predominately about her support of nurses in right to work Nevada, opened my eyes about why unions are still needed on the shop floor and in the community and where they can so easily go wrong locally and nationally Predominately personal accounts of real activities with a little history legal mixed in, I found it entertaining as well as informative

  4. Timothy Dymond Timothy Dymond says:

    Over the last few decades Australian unions, when they ve thought about organising, have been strongly influenced by the American Service Employees International Union SEIU Many an official and organiser have been flown to the US to participate in industry wide campaigns on organising and growth, to return notionally with reports and recommendations about how it ought to be done So it is bracing to read an account of the SEIU in which the heroic innovators Andy Stern, Tom Woodruff, Anna Bur Over the last few decades Australian unions, when they ve thought about organising, have been strongly influenced by the American Service Employees International Union SEIU Many an official and organiser have been flown to the US to participate in industry wide campaigns on organising and growth, to return notionally with reports and recommendations about how it ought to be done So it is bracing to read an account of the SEIU in which the heroic innovators Andy Stern, Tom Woodruff, Anna Burger, and Mary Kay Henry, are the villains For that s what former SEIU Nevada leader Jane McAlevey accuses them of being in her angry and egotistical book Raising Expectations and Raising Hell Far from being interested in organising, McAlevey attacks these leaders for being narrow minded and self interested ignoring the possibilities for organising work power in preference for merely growing union membership rolls as a means of gaining influence in Washington DC McAlevey offers her own experience of rebuilding SEIU locals in the casinos and the hospitals of Las Vegas as a genuine effort to empower ordinary union members only to be crushed by the SEIU national leadership.As is the way of these intra union disputes, McAlevey has been accused of the same things of which she accuses others notably by former organiser and labor journalist Steve Early Certainly among the incidents McAlevey describes there is a clear case of her as a union staffer trying to overthrow rank and file elected officials However, whatever the rights and wrongs of the internecine warfare she describes, it is hard to fault her overall bleak diagnosis of the US labor movement besieged by hostile laws and a viscous union busting corporate culture, while being undermined by internal craft industry, and national local divisions.At its best, this book gives a tremendous sense of what it is like to be inside a fast moving industrial campaign with the race between organising and contract deadlines, spiced with the excitement of workers, often for the first time, realising that they can stand up for their own interests and win At its worst, McAlevey trips over her own ego as she uses every action she takes, including the dubious ones, to justify her own awesomeness and centrality to every important action.For unionists, the take home lesson from this book is in a moment of self reflection on McAlevey s part as she contemplates what she says is the ruin of her work in Nevada In the final analysis, I think my single minded focus on organizing, to the detriment of organization building, was wrong The tension between organising and organisation is both creative and destructive for unions Creative, in that organised worker power needs to be sustained over time for gains to be protected and built upon hence the need for organisation Destructive, because as your organisation becomes sufficiently large and complex fractures between interests will appear which undermine both the organising and the organisation particularly as external circumstances change There s not really an answer in this book, except perhaps in the title Raising Expectations Workers should expectfrom their unions, and from their working lives Without that nothing else happens

  5. Jack Jack says:

    It is hard to know where to start this review Raising Expectations and Raising Hell My Decade Fighting for the Labor Movement, by Jane McAlevey, is an absolute organising weapon It s hopeful It brings us back to what unions once were, what they could be and what they can be again, and there isn t much rocket science to it.Unions today will have us believe that the day of the strike is over, that workers are too apathetic to fight, the world and industry has moved on from militant unionism, It is hard to know where to start this review Raising Expectations and Raising Hell My Decade Fighting for the Labor Movement, by Jane McAlevey, is an absolute organising weapon It s hopeful It brings us back to what unions once were, what they could be and what they can be again, and there isn t much rocket science to it.Unions today will have us believe that the day of the strike is over, that workers are too apathetic to fight, the world and industry has moved on from militant unionism, and other such charges Bosses and their associations all but echo the same arguments And yet, in the middle of the 2000s, in the right to work state of Nevada with a corrupt local union, McAlevey s organising strategies and principles turned this local into one of the toughest and most successful in the country Who were these fearless union activists Nurses Technicians Ancillary hospital staff Women dominated, and with no history of fighting the multinational healthcare corporations They won, time after time with methods that by and large are not of McAlevey s creation, but they are uniquely McAlevey s in a sea of unions entirely incapable of organising workers if they want to in the first place.McAlevey trusts workers In fact, she knows and makes it known that workers will win when they are united, and when they fight, and they and only they can make that happen When they are intricately involved in bargaining and drawing up a log of claims, when they are driving what they want to see in new contracts, when they tell the bosses, one after the other, what they feel like they deserve and why, that is a fire that has long been extinguished elsewhere in the union movement.McAlevey work with the Nevada nurses and healthcare workers shows us that neither service model nor organising model unionism is what the union movement needs it s the whole worker organising model Workers becoming leaders, workers themselves organising, being proactive and taking ownership over their union campaigns and workplace fights, these are the things can go some way to turning the labour movement around.And yet, McAlevey was eventually shafted from the union and the labour movement Rusted on union bosses don t care about labour for labour s sake, and they will use their members as bargaining chips in whatever political games they want to play The power of union, exemplified in this book, is undeniable It has stood the test of time, election cycles, changing Industrial Relations laws and shifting industries, ever present as a solution to the helplessness so many workers are stuck in today The question is this how do we broaden what McAlevey succeeded in doing in Nevada, across the entirety of the working class How do we build our strength deep and wide within the working class Looking at the great upsurges in union history, one would be hard pressed to not find a radical buried deep within those struggles, at the heart of the fight If we want a return to rock solid unionism, to throw out Hedderman style, corrupt leaders and fight our fights as workers in union, we need the politics which puts workers at the centre of social change, of everything that moves against the grain, away from the trajectory of unchecked capitalism Those politics of workers putting workers first, being of themselves and for themselves, are the politics that believe another world is possible, and want to fight tirelessly to make that happen These are the politics of revolutionary socialism

  6. Brenden Gallagher Brenden Gallagher says:

    I am working on a project about unions keeping it close to vest because it s a good idea , and I ve been searching for contemporary books about the organizing experience If you want to learn about union organizing, this is a great starting point.McAlevey delivers exactly what she promises in Raising Expectations, walking the reader through her journey from wide eyed radical doing volunteer work in Central America to becoming one of the most influential figures in Nevada union life to leaving I am working on a project about unions keeping it close to vest because it s a good idea , and I ve been searching for contemporary books about the organizing experience If you want to learn about union organizing, this is a great starting point.McAlevey delivers exactly what she promises in Raising Expectations, walking the reader through her journey from wide eyed radical doing volunteer work in Central America to becoming one of the most influential figures in Nevada union life to leaving the union world disgusted by the politicization of the organizing process Her no nonsense, no bullshit attitude shines through on the page, and both in terms of tactics and entertainment, this is a useful and fun book The meat of the book details McAlevey s experience organizing nurses in Las Vegas This is especially interesting in our current moment because nurses unions have seen renewed political power and Las Vegas has become a de facto hub for union resurgence thanks to the Culinary Union McAlevey had a first hand view of what brought us to this resurgent moment in labor, and offers her unvarnished perspective, warts and all.McAlevey is not a writer first she is an organizer, an agitator, a radical Though you can t help but appreciate the passion she brings to the page, her prose style can sometimes read as scattered, manic, and unfocused At other times, she gets bogged down in the internecine struggles and procedural minutiae of union organizing If you work for a union, this stuff might be a page turner, but for rank and file civilians like myself, it can get a little bogged down.Of course, if you want the real perspective of a union organizer, it is rare that such a person will also be a perfect prose stylist It s hard to imagine a better version of this book with its unflinching access, dauntless confidence, and inspiring dedication to building worker power The writerly shortcomings are almost charming and what really matters is the skill, experience, and passion behind the words

  7. Kathy Kathy says:

    As someone new to organizing who has only organized in a few spaces, I really appreciated two things from this book 1 Each chapter is the story of a big, high stakes struggle in union organizing and McAlevey, the author has so many stories , but she breaks it down into her strategy and the tactics, often to the level of detail of at the first meeting we had to figure out what were all the relationships that each worker had in the town and the boss sent email A and we immediately printed fl As someone new to organizing who has only organized in a few spaces, I really appreciated two things from this book 1 Each chapter is the story of a big, high stakes struggle in union organizing and McAlevey, the author has so many stories , but she breaks it down into her strategy and the tactics, often to the level of detail of at the first meeting we had to figure out what were all the relationships that each worker had in the town and the boss sent email A and we immediately printed fliers of it and passed them out to every worker I am looking forward to using some of the tactics she uses in my organizing work 2 The over arching story is about a philosophy of organizing, where the goal is to empower individual workers to participate, to be invested, to realize their own collective power instead of being protected by leaders or being spectators The story in each chapter gives an example of how she helped workers take power, and usually, how they were able to win eventhan they expected But also throughout, her grassroots philosophy of organizing is at odds with that of some of her peers in union leadership, who believe that e.g., the greatest power of unions is in leadership endorsing politicians who will act on behalf of workers McAlevey s philosophy is what I agree with , and what I want to happen, so she is serving as a role model for how to fight for it

  8. Michelle Lu Michelle Lu says:

    I ve never read a book about labor community organizing OR unions and it was really fascinating Lots of battle stories from the author s pov, lots of history context about various labor unions, and overall and interesting read

  9. Sean Estelle Sean Estelle says:

    Wow, what an amazing book So glad I finally picked it up Riveting narrative, so many gems about organizing, strategy, and power and I feel like I understand the unique pieces of labor organizingthan before I read the book too HIGHLY recommend.

  10. Devin Bryant-Bosshold Devin Bryant-Bosshold says:

    Jane Mcalevey is a genius organizer She reveals revolutionary methods she organized labor to win with and the politics of big unions that works to undermine its own movement

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