Playing Against the House by James D Walsh
epub | 1.11 MB | English | Isbn: 1476778345 | Author: James D. Walsh | Year: 2016
In the tradition of Barbara Ehrenreich’s classic Nickel and Dimed, a talented young journalist goes undercover as a casino labor-union organizer in this rare inside look at the ongoing struggle of hourly-wage service workers to survive in America.
“Salting” is a simple concept-get hired at a non-union company, do the job you were hired to do, and, with the help of organizers on the outside, unionize your coworkers from the inside. James Walsh spent two years as a “salt” in two casinos in South Florida, working as a buffet server and a bartender. Neither his employers nor the union knew of Walsh’s intentions to write about his experience. Now he reveals hard-won and little-known truths about how unions fight to organize service workers, the vigorous corporate opposition against them, and how workers get caught in the middle.
As a salt, Walsh witnessed the cultish nature of labor organization and was constantly grilled by his union organizer as to…
Category:Service Industry, Labor Policy, Labor & Industrial Relations