Summary of Solidarity For Sale

How Corruption Destroyed the Labor Movement and Undermined America's Promise

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Solidarity For Sale book summary
The biggest obstacle to labor solidarity is union corruption.


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getAbstract believes that this gripping, reportorial book will intrigue anyone who is interested in American politics, the labor movement, or social and economic reform. Robert Fitch catalogs trade unions' alleged crimes of corruption, while showing how their organizational structure makes corruption all but inevitable. If you think the U.S. labor movement had only noble origins, it is instructive to reflect on the thugs Fitch says loom so large in its early history. And, if you believe that union corruption belongs to the past, it is salutary to discover how profound and pervasive it is in today's unions, at least, according to this reporter. Fitch strongly explains why he feels union corruption is not just a labor issue, but is a disease that harms society-at-large in many ways, amply explored herein.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the American labor movement is essentially a corrupt enterprise; and
  • How union corruption has exploited unionized workers and blocked broad social reforms, such as national health insurance.


Corrupt at the Root
Corruption pervades the American labor movement and always has. For five generations, organized crime, pension and benefit funds theft, job selling and various forms of labor racketeering have been standard operating procedure in American unions. Corruption means the...
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About the Author

At age 15, Robert Fitch joined the Laborers Union, Local 5, in Chicago Heights, Illinois. He eventually traded his shovel for a briefcase and has since taught at Cornell and New York University, organized for the unions, and written for The Village Voice, The Baffler, Newsday, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and The Nation.

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