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No ShortcutsOrganizing for Power in the New Gilded Age$
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Jane F. McAlevey

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190624712

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190624712.001.0001

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Make the Road New York

Make the Road New York

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(p.179) 6 Make the Road New York
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No Shortcuts
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Jane F. McAlevey

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190624712.003.0006

This chapter examines a nonunion organization, Make the Road New York. MRNY locates a worker center inside a social movement organization that comes as close to being a modern union as any nonunion group in the United States today. With more than 155 full-time staff members, the organization combines direct services, advocacy, and mobilizing into a tight blend, and it has enjoyed more success than most similarly situated groups. Significantly, many of their specific legislative victories as well as their workplace efforts have relied largely on the continued strength of New York City’s unions. While their work is impressive, it raises a fundamental question: whether groups like this can continue producing wins if the unions they depend on—which exist as key players in only a handful of states—get weaker.

Keywords:   Make the Road New York, nonunion group, New York City’s unions, social movement organization, worker center

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