They had been dating for some time and now decided to make a permanent commitment . ( Metcalf eventually earned a master's degree , left Harvard , and became a computer software engineer for a small firm in Cambridge .
Author: John Hoerr
Publisher: Temple University Press
This story explodes the popular belief that women white-collar workers tend to reject unionization and accept a passive role in the workplace. On the contrary, the women workers of Harvard University created a powerful and unique union--one that emphasizes their own values and priorities as working women and rejects unwanted aspects of traditional unionism. The workers involved comprise Harvard's 3,600-member "support staff," which includes secretaries, library and laboratory assistants, dental hygienists, accounting clerks, and a myriad of other office workers who keep a great university functioning. Even at prestigious private universities like Harvard and Yale, these workers--mostly women--have had to put up with exploitive management policies that denied them respect and decent wages because they were women. But the women eventually rebelled, declaring that they could not live on "prestige" alone. Encouraged by the women's movement of the early 1970's, a group of women workers (and a few men) began what would become a 15-year struggle to organize staff employees at Harvard. The women persisted in the face of patronizing and sexist attitudes of university administrators and leaders of their own national unions. Unconscionably long legal delays foiled their efforts. But they developed innovative organizing methods, which merged feminist values with demands for union representation and a means of influencing workplace decisions. Out of adversity came an unorthodox form of unionism embodied in the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers (HUCTW). Its founding was marked by an absorbing human drama that pitted unknown workers, such as Kris Rondeau, a lab assistant who came to head the union, against famous educators such as Harvard President Derek Bok and a panoply of prestigious deans. Other characters caught up in the drama included Harvard's John T. Dunlop, the nation's foremost industrial relations scholar and former U.S. Secretary of Labor. The drama was played out in innumerable hearings before the National Labor Relations Board, in the streets of Cambridge, and on the walks of historic Harvard Yard, where union members marched and sang and employed new tactics like "ballooning," designed to communicate a message of joy and liberation rather than the traditional "hate-the-boss" hostility. John Hoerr tells this story from the perspective of both Harvard administrators and union organizers. With unusual access to its meetings, leaders, and files, he examines the unique culture of a female-led union from the inside. Photographs add to the impact of this dramatic narrative. Author note: John Hoerr, a freelance writer, has been a journalist for more than thirty years at newspapers, magazines, public television, and United Press International. A specialist in labor reportage, he is the author of And the Wolf Finally Came: The Decline of the American Steel Industry.
A fuller account of the failed campaigns appears in Hoerr's We Can't Eat Prestige, from which, again, much of this information is taken. 6. See Hoerr, We Can't Eat Prestige, p. 103. 7. Ibid., p. 95. 8. Kris Rondeau, interview by Cohen, ...
Author: Robert D. Putnam
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Social Science
In his acclaimed bestselling book, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, Robert Putnam described a thirty-year decline in America's social institutions. The book ended with the hope that new forms of social connection might be invented in order to revive our communities. In Better Together, Putnam and longtime civic activist Lewis Feldstein describe some of the diverse locations and most compelling ways in which civic renewal is taking place today. In response to civic crises and local problems, they say, hardworking, committed people are reweaving the social fabric all across America, often in innovative ways that may turn out to be appropriate for the twenty-first century. Better Together is a book of stories about people who are building communities to solve specific problems. The examples Putnam and Feldstein describe span the country from big cities such as Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Chicago to the Los Angeles suburbs, small Mississippi and Wisconsin towns, and quiet rural areas. The projects range from the strictly local to that of the men and women of UPS, who cover the nation. Bowling Alone looked at America from a broad and general perspective. Better Together takes us into Catherine Flannery's Roxbury, Massachusetts, living room, a UPS loading dock in Greensboro, North Carolina, a Philadelphia classroom, the Portsmouth, New Hampshire, naval shipyard, and a Bay Area Web site. We meet activists driven by their visions, each of whom has chosen to succeed by building community: Mexican Americans in the Rio Grande Valley who want paved roads, running water, and decent schools; Harvard University clerical workers searching for respect and improved working conditions; Waupun, Wisconsin, schoolchildren organizing to improve safety at a local railroad crossing; and merchants in Tupelo, Mississippi, joining with farmers to improve their economic status. As the stories in Better Together demonstrate, bringing people together by building on personal relationships remains one of the most effective strategies to enhance America's social health.
135–55; J. Hoerr, We Can't Eat Prestige: The Women Who Organized Harvard (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1997), p. 47. 32 For a fuller discussion of the various organizations and their issues, see Foner, Women and the American ...
Author: Aaron Brenner
Publisher: Verso Books
Category: Political Science
Often considered irredeemably conservative, the US working class actually has a rich history of revolt. Rebel Rank and File uncovers the hidden story of insurgency from below against employers and union bureaucrats in the late 1960s and 1970s. From the mid-1960s to 1981, rank-and-file workers in the United States engaged in a level of sustained militancy not seen since the Great Depression and World War II. Millions participated in one of the largest strike waves in US history. There were 5,716 stoppages in 1970 alone, involving more than 3 million workers. Contract rejections, collective insubordination, sabotage, organized slowdowns, and wildcat strikes were the order of the day. Workers targeted much of their activity at union leaders, forming caucuses to fight for more democratic and combative unions that would forcefully resist the mounting offensive from employers that appeared at the end of the postwar economic boom. It was a remarkable era in the history of US class struggle, one rich in lessons for today’s labor movement.
Mary S. Hartman (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1999), 135–55; John Hoerr, We Can't Eat Prestige: The Women Who Organized Harvard (Philadelphia:Temple University Press, 1997), 47. 29. For more on the various organizations ...
Author: Dorothy Sue Cobble
Publisher: Princeton University Press
American feminism has always been about more than the struggle for individual rights and equal treatment with men. There's also a vital and continuing tradition of women's reform that sought social as well as individual rights and argued for the dismantling of the masculine standard. In this much anticipated book, Dorothy Sue Cobble retrieves the forgotten feminism of the previous generations of working women, illuminating the ideas that inspired them and the reforms they secured from employers and the state. This socially and ethnically diverse movement for change emerged first from union halls and factory floors and spread to the "pink collar" domain of telephone operators, secretaries, and airline hostesses. From the 1930s to the 1980s, these women pursued answers to problems that are increasingly pressing today: how to balance work and family and how to address the growing economic inequalities that confront us. The Other Women's Movement traces their impact from the 1940s into the feminist movement of the present. The labor reformers whose stories are told in The Other Women's Movement wanted equality and "special benefits," and they did not see the two as incompatible. They argued that gender differences must be accommodated and that "equality" could not always be achieved by applying an identical standard of treatment to men and women. The reform agenda they championed--an end to unfair sex discrimination, just compensation for their waged labor, and the right to care for their families and communities--launched a revolution in employment practices that carries on today. Unique in its range and perspective, this is the first book to link the continuous tradition of social feminism to the leadership of labor women within that movement.
By way of contrast, however, my analysis concludes that Local 34's 137 7 'We Can't Eat Prestige': 'We Can't Eat Prestige': The Yale University Workers' Campaign for Comparable Worth Kathleen Kautzer.
Author: Elizabeth Meehan
Category: Political Science
Including contributions by both British and American researchers, this book explores equal value developments in the two countries. Through thematic chapters and case studies, it examines legal developments, trade union activity, the operation of job evaluation, and the race and class politics of equal value. Both the possibilities and the limits of equal value reform are discussed.
You probably didn't even think to dignify throwing out your moth-eaten sweaters as curatorial work. ... The rallying cry of university unions, “We Can't Eat Prestige,” was coined by the female whitecollar support staff at Harvard in the ...
Author: John Patrick Leary
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Category: Political Science
“A clever, even witty examination of the manipulation of language in these days of neoliberal or late stage capitalism” (Counterpunch). From Silicon Valley to the White House, from kindergarten to college, and from the factory floor to the church pulpit, we are all called to be innovators and entrepreneurs, to be curators of an ever-expanding roster of competencies, and to become resilient and flexible in the face of the insults and injuries we confront at work. In the midst of increasing inequality, these keywords teach us to thrive by applying the lessons of a competitive marketplace to every sphere of life. What’s more, by celebrating the values of grit, creativity, and passion at school and at work, they assure us that economic success is nothing less than a moral virtue. Organized alphabetically as a lexicon, Keywords explores the history and common usage of major terms in the everyday language of capitalism. Because these words have infiltrated everyday life, their meanings may seem self-evident, even benign. Who could be against empowerment, after all? Keywords uncovers the histories of words like innovation, which was once synonymous with “false prophecy” before it became the prevailing faith of Silicon Valley. Other words, like best practices and human capital, are relatively new coinages that subtly shape our way of thinking. As this book makes clear, the new language of capitalism burnishes hierarchy, competition, and exploitation as leadership, collaboration, and sharing, modeling for us the habits of the economically successful person: be visionary, be self-reliant—and never, ever stop working.
... June 17, 1970, A6; Hurd, “Organizing and Representing Clerical Workers,” 319; “U. of Chicago Loses Union Fight,” Chicago Tribune, March 24, 1979, N7; Hoerr, We Can't Eat Prestige; Cobble, “'Spontaneous Loss of Enthusiasm'”; ...
Author: Lane Windham
Publisher: UNC Press Books
Category: Political Science
The power of unions in workers' lives and in the American political system has declined dramatically since the 1970s. In recent years, many have argued that the crisis took root when unions stopped reaching out to workers and workers turned away from unions. But here Lane Windham tells a different story. Highlighting the integral, often-overlooked contributions of women, people of color, young workers, and southerners, Windham reveals how in the 1970s workers combined old working-class tools--like unions and labor law--with legislative gains from the civil and women's rights movements to help shore up their prospects. Through close-up studies of workers' campaigns in shipbuilding, textiles, retail, and service, Windham overturns widely held myths about labor's decline, showing instead how employers united to manipulate weak labor law and quash a new wave of worker organizing. Recounting how employees attempted to unionize against overwhelming odds, Knocking on Labor's Door dramatically refashions the narrative of working-class struggle during a crucial decade and shakes up current debates about labor's future. Windham's story inspires both hope and indignation, and will become a must-read in labor, civil rights, and women's history.
Author: The Forthwrite Writers GroupPublish On: 2006-07
I remember him telling me once when we were making our yearly migration down through the Yukon, with the wolves ... part of Santa's team gives you tremendous prestige in the community, but, at the end of the day, you can't eat prestige.
Author: The Forthwrite Writers Group
This book is a collection of short stories written by the members of the Forthwrite Writer's Group in Dalgety Bay, Scotland. Nestled on the shore of the Forth Estuary and within sight of the Forth Rail Bridge, the community seems to engender a surprising number of tales. This collection attempts to bring some of the most intriguing to the light of day. They range from Margery finding a body in her garden to Lizzie desperate for a pair of snakeskin shoes; from Dancer, organizing a strike of Santa's reindeer to Khalid building a bunker in a lemon grove; from Hilda the Russian sleeper agent to a Balloon Man who knows Julia Roberts. Geographically, the ripples go out from the Forth to an infant school in Fife, on to a crematorium in Edinburgh, and then far out to the Middle East, and North and South America. Some of the stories are pure fiction, some are historical, and some more autobiographical in character. Some are simply good tales, destined to make you smile, but others will affect your view of the world and continue to ripple across your conscience. There is at least one story that is a must read for you.
When this contract falters , it usually leads to signs reading , " We can't eat prestige . " The contracts described above are a few of the more common alternatives . Once the manager and the individual have established a relationship ...
Author: John N. Williamson
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Business & Economics
Collected and interpreted literature on management in the changing corporate environment. Emphasizes the importance of dealing with change as a natural process of growth. Designed to assist managers in adapting to the new managerial strategies required in today's business environment. Provides a model of strategic management, and shows how the creativity and productivity of employees are the key assets of a business. Stresses and develops five management issues of prime importance: mission, goals, feedback, rewards, and support.
We still got four songs in the can in five hours, although the mix-down would be extra. ... Both of the engineers seemed to get off on our music and said they looked forward to our next session. ... “You can't eat prestige.
Author: Robert Paston
Publisher: Forge Books
1968. Vietnam. Social turmoil. Drugs. Music. Four young musicians are determined to escape a ravaged industrial landscape by playing rock and roll...and they play it with a passion and brilliance that contrasts with their poverty. Music is the only hope they have. Set against a fleeting age when music seemed about to change the world, Robert Paston's The Hour of the Innocents tells the story of the band known as The Innocents and captures the true drama of the late 1960s—not the glitter of famous names, but the yearning of the heartland guitarists and drummers who believed...and the lovers, friends, and lives crushed along the way. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.