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Compelling Book Underscores the Rise and Fall of Labor Unions
Richton Park, IL (PRWEB) January 14, 2013
Labor Unions can be traced far back since the early history of America. They began forming steadily in the mid-19th century and made remarkable efforts to improve the workers’ conditions through several measures. Now, what happened to the labor unions in the United States? Why are the unions, that made America strong, become so weak and dwindle into obscurity? Author Jerry W. Williams, Sr. explores the rise and fall of labor unions in his thought-provoking book, Ungrateful: The Rise and Fall of Labor Unions, to provide enlightenment on the issues and substantial information on the journey of labor unions.
This book takes a closer look at the history of labor unions in America. Here, Williams presents a skillfully written and well-researched work to provide a better understanding on the rise and fall of the labor unions. It contains a significant amount of information and details on how the labor unions made positive differences in the lives of the Americans—giving them the opportunity to lift themselves up from poverty and live the American dream as middle-class citizens. Unions in America have been described as the stabilizing force in the national economy. Their efforts have brought benefits, direct and indirect, to the public as a whole—spearheading the drive for public education for every child, realizing of the five-day workweek, vacations, health benefits, pensions, relaxed work rules, livable wages, and many other pleasures that employees now enjoy through hard-fought union negotiations.
Informative and interesting, Ungrateful: The Rise and Fall of Labor Unions will walk everyone to the success and failures of the unions. For Williams, however, this failure is not so much the union itself. In most cases, it is the union leaders and the constant attacks from corporate America on the unions and the working class that cause the demise. This book offers a chance to revisit the glorious days, meet notable public figures, learn of unions’ struggles, and how are these unions nowadays.
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About the Author
Born in West Point Ms and a proud graduate of Fifth Street High School. Jerry W. Williams Sr. began fighting for human rights at an early age starting with the civil rights movement in the late sixties. He attended Roosevelt University in Chicago Illinois where he majored in music. There he fell in love with the labor movement and never looked back. Williams was a representative for the United Auto Workers (UAW) the United Brotherhood of Radio Workers and in 1993 Mr. Jerry Williams Sr., was elected President B/A of The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 308. He to this date is the only three term president in ATU local 308’s one hundred and ten year history. Williams has many labor degrees and a solid background in labor and Labor/law. As president of ATU local 308, Mr. Williams negotiated thousands of dollars in wage and benefit increases for workers over the years.He also helped spearhead a lawsuit that netted 1,000 workers a total of 1.4 million dollars, as a result of management violating, The Fair Labor Standards Act. (FLSA)
Working with the Governor of Illinois on his infrastructure task-force team, Williams helped secure over 12 billion dollars in additional revenue to help balance the state budget averting thousands of layoffs to city and state workers. He negotiated hundreds of agreements, won back pay, lawsuits, restoration of jobs, and much, much more, during his tenure as President of ATU local 308. Mr. Williams also has years of experience working with legislators, unions and management people across the country.
Ungrateful * by Jerry W. Williams Sr.
The Rise and Fall of Labor Unions
Publication Date: November 6, 2012
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