At times, the labor leader Jane McAlevey’s latest book, A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy, reads like an army field manual, with the author as drill instructor ... In McAlevey’s view, labor organizing is all-consuming, demanding, and dangerous ... A Collective Bargain offers an introduction to the world of unions and their enemies, disseminating the how-tos of organizing to those people who lack experience in, for example, running supermajority strikes—which is to say, most people. McAlevey’s writing is an attempt to circulate organizers’ skills, breathing life into the long-quiescent labor movement.
A battle cry for union rights in a time hostile to labor organizations ... Longtime union organizer McAlevey...is nothing if not a tough talker ... Tough talk for tough times and a welcome guide for labor activists.
Labor activist McAleve...delivers a persuasive argument that the power of 'strong, democratic' trade unions can fix many of America’s social problems in this timely cri de coeur ... McAlevey’s caustic humor...and contagious confidence in the efficacy of organized labor give this succinct volume an outsize impact.