No Shortcuts by Jane McAlevey

Why you should read this book: McAlevey covers a fascinating history of the CIO under George Meany. Meany was notoriously anti-communist, yet he relied heavily on American communists when organizing workplaces. He did so because they were successful; when Meany hired communist organizers, the unionization drive always succeeded. But whenever he hired non-communist organizers, the unionization drive always failed.

What made the communist organizers so successful? What lessons can this offer us today? McAlevey looks at contemporary unionization drives, showing that successful unions use many of the strategies of the 1930’s communist union organizers.

This book has many lessons to teach us about organizing around other issues in Milwaukee.

This book club met on March 5, 2018 at the Bay View Colectivo