A Country That Works

A Country That Works

Getting America Back on Track

Book - 2006
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Baker & Taylor
A leader of the U.S.'s fastest-growing labor union outlines a paradigm for labor reform, addressing the needs of companies and workers and arguing that today's global-oriented issues cannot be resolved using outdated tactics.

& Taylor

A maverick leader of the U.S.'s fastest-growing labor union outlines a radical paradigm for labor reform that addresses the needs of both companies and workers, in a guide that challenges conventional views while arguing that today's global-oriented issues cannot be resolved using outdated tactics. 50,000 first printing.

Simon and Schuster
Andy Stern, one of the most visionary leaders in America today, has fought relentlessly to ensure that Americans' hard work is rewarded in today's hypercompetitive, globalized world. As the newsmaking president of the fastest-growing, most dynamic union in America, he has led the charge for modernizing the "house of labor" -- taking unions out of the past and into the twenty-first century. He has spearheaded the campaign against the "Wal-Marting" of jobs and has innovated transformative solutions to the daunting problems facing Americans, from job insecurity to runaway health care costs. In this powerful critique and call-to-arms, he offers a revelatory dissection of the gathering threats to our standard of living -- threats that our politicians have failed utterly to address -- and he puts forth a bold, unassailable plan for making vital reforms.

In his eye-opening diagnosis that makes the urgency of the threats vividly clear, Stern shows that Americans are contending with the most disruptive economic upheaval in the world economy since the Industrial Revolution. Yet, in the face of this daunting challenge, the American system simply isn't working well enough for most of us. Stern powerfully portrays how with the pace of globalization relentlessly quickening, the competitive pressures on our jobs and quality of life are heating up even more, especially as housing, health care, and oil prices skyrocket. While CEO salaries soar and business and the wealthy are handed plentiful tax shelters, the incomes of both white-collar and blue-collar workers stagnate, leaving most Americans struggling to pay off ever-escalating debt, instead of saving for retirement. The plain fact is that our system is out of whack, serving the interests of the top sliver of the most wealthy while putting the squeeze on the rest of us.

Meanwhile, our politicians irresponsibly sidestep the crucial solutions that we so desperately need in order to make sure Americans can move into the twenty-first century with their futures secure. As Stern so persuasively shows, it is time for bold thinking and creative solutions to overhaul a health care system in crisis; correct a tax system rigged in favor of business and the wealthy; revamp our inadequate retirement system; and make truly innovative improvements in education. He presents a set of course-correction reforms so compelling, simple, and achievable that readers will find themselves enraged that they haven't yet been enacted. Americans have a right to expect our government to work for us. Andy Stern shows how we can get things back on track to make sure it does.

Publisher: New York : Free Press, c2006
ISBN: 9780743297677
Branch Call Number: 331.8809 STE
Characteristics: vii, 212 p. ; 23 cm


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Sep 09, 2014

Overall, can't really disagree with anything Stern says, and overall Stern did a good job at SEIU, certainly wouldn't want to be affiliated with that business association, not a real union, called the AFL-CIO! Problem is that capitalism cannot be used to cure capitalism: the purpose of globalization is to continue with expanding access to world markets, while destroying the worker/labor, in order for the transnational capitalist class to continue to grow their fortunes at the expense of everyone else, and especially real progress! [In 2006, the top banks: Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup and Wells Fargo were worth $5.7 trillion; in 2012, those same banks were worth $7.2 trillion.] Question of the day: who exactly owns these banks?


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