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An Injury to All: The Decline of American Unionism by Kim Moody

By Kim Moody

Original yr of publication: 1988; 1989, 1992, 1993 - reprints

Over the prior decade American exertions has confronted a tidal wave of salary cuts, plant closures and damaged moves. during this first accomplished background of the hard work circulate from Truman to Reagan, Kim Moody indicates how the AFL-CIO's conservative ideology of 'business unionism' successfully disarmed unions within the face of a household correct flip and an epochal shift to globalized creation. Eschewing alliances with new social forces in prefer of its outdated chilly battle liaisons and illusory compacts with huge enterprise, the AFL-CIO less than George Meany and Lane Kirkland has been compelled to give up lots of its post-war gains.

With notable awareness to the viewpoints of rank-and-file staff, Moody chronicles the foremost, yet mostly unreported, efforts of labor's grassroots to discover its manner out of the difficulty. In case reviews of car, metal, meatpacking and trucking, he lines the increase of 'anti-concession' pursuits and in different case reports describes the bold hindrances to the 'organization of the unorganized' within the carrier quarter. a close research of the Rainbow Coalition's strength to unite exertions with different revolutionary teams follows, including a pathbreaking attention of the probabilities of a brand new 'labor internationalism.'

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Once the sample is grabbed, the crew compares the water from the bottom with that from the surface of the bay back in the yacht’s lab. Heading north under the Richmond Bridge, we pass Red Rock, where three counties meet in the middle of the bay: San Francisco, Marin, and Contra Costa. The turbo-charged Vallejo ferry streaks past us. On-screen, captains can distinguish ferries from other vessels by the high speed of the yellow dots. The Vallejo ferry sends a wake the size of a small tsunami under the Polaris, and she rolls.

Burau developed his concepts by deploying current meters and by chasing drifters around most of the critical bottlenecks and confluences in the northern estuary and delta. He is the modern-day Conomos, but the water movements he’s studying are finer than the gross to and fro of water under the Golden Gate. Burau’s drifters look nothing like the sea daisies. Instead of waiting for someone else to return them, Burau follows the devices in a boat. Burau’s first drifters comprised a plastic dish carrying an early GPS chip, a big underwater sail, and a tiny flag above the water.

Four crewmates climb into red waterproof suits and prep a small Boston whaler for some specialized sampling in the shallows. The captain soon has the whaler winched up and suspended from three ropes in mid-air. Then he lowers the small boat over the side. Steaming into the strait, the captain describes making this trip in both fair weather and foul. During floods, this estuary bottleneck can be clogged with dead cows, torn-up trees, refrigerators, and, most hazardous, propane tanks from flooded households, ready to explode on impact.

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