A Collective Bargain

Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy

A brisk, fist-pumping read from veteran labor organizer Jane McAlevey, A Collective Bargain tells stories of unions who won big—and who won during the Trump years, perhaps the darkest time in decades of waning worker power. McAlevey is precise and clear-eyed about why organizing is brutally difficult (hint: rich people like it that way), but she is just as clear about how workers can win regardless: by exercising solidarity and the power of the strike. And beyond just winning better wages, workers who organize can win safer and more just hospitals, schools, and workplaces, and build the kind of community power that extends from the union vote to local, state, and national elections. The stories in here are more than a gift of hope—they are a blueprint for making those hopes real.