From Mission to Microchip : A History of the California Labor Movement / Fred Glass.

Glass, Fred author.
Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, [2016]
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Labor movement -- California -- History.
Labor unions -- California -- History.
Labor -- California -- History.
In English.
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Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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There is no better time than now to consider the labor history of the Golden State. While other states face declining union enrollment rates and the rollback of workers' rights, California unions are embracing working immigrants, and voters are protecting core worker rights. What's the difference? California has held an exceptional place in the imagination of Americans and immigrants since the Gold Rush, which saw the first of many waves of working people moving to the state to find work. From Mission to Microchip unearths the hidden stories of these people throughout California's history. The difficult task of the state's labor movement has been to overcome perceived barriers such as race, national origin, and language to unite newcomers and natives in their shared interest. As chronicled in this comprehensive history, workers have creatively used collective bargaining, politics, strikes, and varied organizing strategies to find common ground among California's diverse communities and achieve a measure of economic fairness and social justice. This is an indispensible book for students and scholars of labor history and history of the West, as well as labor activists and organizers.
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Preface: Why California Labor History?
Part I: Before the Beginning
1. Where in California Is Its Labor History?
2. On a Mission: How Work Destroyed Native California
Part II: Early Days
3. Striking Gold
4. "All That Is Solid Melts into Air": Gold Rush San Francisco
5. Work, Leisure, and the Struggle for the Eight-Hour Day
6. Sandlots and Silver Kings: The Workingmen's Party of California
7. Building Paradise: The Making of the Los Angeles Working Class
8. Newspapers, Railroads, and the Los Angeles Labor Movement
9. Land, Machines, and Farm Labor
10. The Oxnard Sugar Beet Workers Strike
Part III: From Pride of Craft to Industrial Unionism
11. Building San Francisco
12. Organizing San Francisco
13. Carmen, Women, and Their Unions
14. Otistown: Los Angeles at the Turn of the Century
15. Almost Mayor: Bombs, Ballots, and Fusion Politics
16. Open Shop: California Workers in the Jazz Age
Part IV: Divisions in the Growing House of Labor
17. Radical Responses to the Great Depression
18. The San Francisco General Strike
19. The CIO: Civil War and Civil Rights
20. Arsenal of Democracy: Integrating Industrial California during World War II
21. "We Called It a Work Holiday": The Oakland General Strike
22. Hollywood to Bakersfield: Poverty in the Valley of Plenty
Part V: The Era of Business Unionism
23. Cold War Prosperity: Labor Becomes "Middle Class"
24. Labor and Politics
25. "Sí Se Puede": The United Farm Workers
26. The Rise of Public Sector Unionism
27. Creating the Conditions for Teaching and Learning to Happen
28. Feminist Collective Bargaining Meets the Civil Service
Part VI: Reinventing California Labor
29. The Decline of Manufacturing Unionism
30. Justice for Janitors: Organizing Immigrant Workers
31. Teachers, Nurses, and Firefighters: The Alliance for a Better California
32. Labor and the Community: Reclaiming California's Future
Afterword: A Place in the Sun
List of Labor Organizations and Acronyms
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 16. Mai 2019)
De Gruyter.
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10.1525/9780520963344 doi
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