Book Talk with Jane McAlevey

UC Berkeley Labor Center

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM PST

Berkeley Law School, Room 105
225 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA

Join us for a book talk with author Jane McAlevey in conversation with Chinese Progressive Association Executive Director Shaw San Liu

About this Event

For decades, racism, corporate greed, and a skewed political system have been eating away at the social and political fabric of the United States. Yet as McAlevey reminds us, there is one weapon whose effectiveness has been proven repeatedly throughout U.S. history: unions.

Join longtime labor organizer and UC Berkeley Labor Center Senior Policy Fellow Jane McAlevey for a talk about her just-released book, A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy. Jane McAlevey will be joined by Chinese Progressive Association Executive Director Shaw San Liu.

Please register for the event.

Reviews about A Collective Bargain:

Van Jones, CNN host & author, Beyond the Messy Truth
“Incisive, brilliant, combined with trenchant strategic analysis. If we had more organizers like Jane McAlevey, we’d be winning.”

Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything 
“Jane McAlevey has devoted her life to reigning in the destructive power of concentrated wealth and she is consumed with one over-arching question: How do we win? It’s past time to listen up.”

Nancy MacLean, author of Democracy in Chains
“A half century ago, the Koch family targeted workers’ collective power with so-called ‘right to work’ laws. Now they and their allies have expanded their agenda to shackling democracy writ large…. Jane McAlevey shows us how workplaces provided a laboratory for this audacious project of domination—and better still, she explains how following the strategies and tactics of savvy union organizers could help save America from an ever more ruthless Right.”

Katrina vanden Heuval, Editorial Director & Publisher, The Nation
“Jane McAlevey is a brilliant strategist, rousing organizer, and razor-sharp critic inside the labor movement. In this critical moment when labor is resurgent, McAlevey’s small “d” democratic spirit, and her humane, and deeply informed reporting and analysis is needed more than ever.”

Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved (best seller)
“For anyone wanting a surge of hope in the fight for democracy, McAlevey shows us that the best place to find an America of hope, equality, and justice isn’t the ballot box, but a union hall.”

Benjamin Todd Jealous, Former National President and CEO of the NAACP
“Read this book! Jane McAlevey is the type of experienced organizer the current White House fears.”

Event is co-sponsored by the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor (BJELL).