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Author Nadasen, Premilla, author.

Title Household workers unite : the untold story of African American women who built a movement / Premilla Nadasen.

Publication Info. Boston, Massachusetts : Beacon Press, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    331.478 NAD    DUE 03-14-20
Description 240 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents "Conversations" about domestic labor -- Women, civil rights, and grassroots mobilization -- A new day for domestic workers -- Intimacy, labor, and professionalization -- Space, place, and new models of labor organizing -- Social rights, feminist solidarity, and FLSA -- Women, work, and immigration.
Summary "Premilla Nadasen recounts in this powerful book a little-known history of organizing among African American household workers. She uses the stories of a handful of women to illuminate the broader politics of labor, organizing, race, and gender in late 20th-century America. At the crossroads of the emerging civil rights movement, a deindustrializing economy, a burgeoning women's movement, and increasing immigration, household worker activists, who were excluded from both labor rights and mainstream labor organizing, developed distinctive strategies for political mobilization and social change. We learn about their complicated relationship with their employers, who were a source of much of their anguish, but, also, potentially important allies. And equally important they articulated a profound challenge to unequal state policy. Household Workers Unite offers a window into this occupation from a perspective that is rarely seen. At a moment when the labor movement is in decline; as capital increasingly treats workers as interchangeable or dispensible; as the number of manufacturing jobs continues to dwindle and the number of service sector jobs expands; as workers in industrialized countries find themselves in an precarious situation and struggle hard to make ends meet without state support or protection--the lessons of domestic worker organizing recounted here might prove to be more important than just a correction of the historical record. The women in this book, as Nadasen demonstrates, were innovative labor organizers. As a history of poor women workers, it shatters countless myths and assumptions about the labor movement and proposes a very different vision."--Publisher information.
Subject Women household employees -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
African American household employees -- History -- 20th century.
Household employees -- Labor unions -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Women labor leaders -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
African American labor leaders -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 9780807014509 (hardback)
0807014508 (hardback)
9780807014516 (ebook)

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