Milkman, Ruth. 2006. LA Story: Immigrant Workers and the Future of the U.S. Labor
Movement. New York: Russell Sage Foundation Press
For long in the history of America, many writers have taken their time to analyze and document on the rise and decline of labor unions in the United States. In this book “LA Story: Immigrant Workers and the Future of the U.S. Labor movement” by Milkman, Ruth is where we get to understand more about the workers who are immigrants and the future of the US labor movement. This is a book containing four chapters which try to outline the difficult task of identifying what works and what does not work while dealing with contemporary union movements. This book focuses so much in the city of Los Angeles so that she will help in understanding many dynamics which comes by organizing a labor union (Milkman, Ruth, 550). It is clear that in the United States, what drives labor unions is inequality of economic growth and political and legal forces rather than allowing the natural economic forces to take its cause.
She asserts the following statement to be true “Who would have imagined that immigrant organizing in Los Angeles would be the center of the nation’s labor movement revitalization efforts? (Milkman, Ruth, 553)” She uses the labor movement in Los Angeles to describe the state of labor movements in the United States. The book, therefore, as it seeks to make us understand labor union introduces four occupations which are; dries Wallers, janitors, garment workers, and truckers. The efforts of these occupations are examined deeply to gain insight into successful and unsuccessful tactics and strategies which they have employed in forming an organization. In the first two chapters of this book, we are presented with how the prewar L A. transformed from open shop citadel into stronghold union in the 1950s (Milkman, Ruth, 553). In the late 1960s, the city of Los Angeles experienced devolution where there was a lot of influx by the Latinos, and the shops were made to be Anglo Union members. These unions soon moved into high wage union jobs. In the third chapter, we are presented with how to organize the unorganizable where there is a rise of new immigrants in Los Angeles.