By Julius G. Getman
Plain View Press,
228 pp., $18.95
"I can not begin to express how much I enjoyed reading your book. It is apparent that you did a tremendous amount of research, resulting in an extremely well written book." — Cecil E. Roberts, International President of the United Mine Workers of America
"Power, nuance, compassion," —Harvard Law Professor Mary Ann Glendon
"Strategizing and second-guessing, romance and resentment, solidarity and tragedy, all from the divergent perspectives of engaging and well-drawn characters," —NYU Law Professor Cynthia Estlund
This debut novel by one of the nation's leading labor experts tells the story of a bitter feud at a Maine paper mill. Penned by Julius Getman, Strike! (Plainview Press, 2007) conveys the pain and frustration of workers who are asked to sacrifice as their jobs become more physically dangerous, their salaries less adequate, and their management richer.
The novel is the result of more than a half century spent both studying and participating in the labor movement. As the son of a garment cutter who entered the labor force at age 10, Julius Getman graduated from the prestigious Bronx High School of Science, served in the U.S. Army, graduated from CUNY, and Harvard Law School. As a lawyer, he worked with the steel workers, the Connecticut state police, with numerous professionals, and today is advising nurses seeking to unionize. He has been a mediator and an arbitrator, and has been a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators. As an academic, he served as the president of the American Association of University Professors. He has taught labor law at Harvard, Stanford, Chicago, Indiana, and UT-Austin for more than forty years. He also teaches law and literature, a course he believes helps students appreciate the humanity of the law.
Getman's previous nonfiction books include The Betrayal of Local 14: Paperworkers, Politics and Permanent Replacements (Cornell, 1998) and In the Company of Scholars: The Struggle for the Soul of Higher Education, winner of the 1993 Violet Crown Award. Both books are based on years of interviews and face-to-face interaction with members of two distinct working groups: academics and laborers.
In addition, Getman is co-author of both Union Representation Elections: Law and Reality (Russell Sage Foundation, 1976) and Labor Relations: The Basic Processes, Law and Practice (Foundation, 1988). He edited a book of essays in 2004 with former Secretary of Labor Ray Marshall (a faculty member at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT), The Future of Labor Unions: Organized Labor in the 21st Century.
—Cecil E. Roberts, International President, United Mine Workers of America
—World Wide Work
—Cynthia Estlund, the Catherine A. Rein Professor of Law at New York University and author of Working Together: How Workplace Bonds Strengthen a Diverse Democracy.
—F. Ray Marshall, former Secretary of Labor in the Carter administration and Professor Emeritus and holder of the Audre and Bernard Rapoport Centennial Chair in Economics and Public Affairs at The University of Texas.
—Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law, Harvard University
—Richard S. Markovits, the John B. Connally Professor at The University of Texas School of Law