Law Professor Getman to Discuss, Sign Book on American Labor Movement, Sept. 9

Sept. 3, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas — University of Texas School of Law Professor Julius G. Getman will discuss and sign his new book, "Restoring the Power of Unions: It Takes a Movement," at BookPeople in Austin, on Thursday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m.

In his book, Getman, a preeminent labor scholar, examines recent developments to demonstrate a resurgent labor movement is possible. He proposes new models for organizing and innovative techniques to strengthen strikes. Getman insists unions must return to their historical roots as a social movement.

"Restoring the Power of Unions," published by Yale University Press in June, is the 10th book written by Getman. He also wrote a 1976 classic field study on union organizing based on thousands of interviews with workers throughout the Midwest who were scheduled to vote on union representation.

In his early study and new book, Getman takes positions that are contrary to orthodox union opinions. For example, Getman is critical of the Employee Free Choice Act, proposed legislation that unions strongly support.

Getman pioneered empirical studies in the field of labor law and continues to do extensive field work. He is the Earl E. Sheffield Regents Chair Professor of Law at The University of Texas School of Law.  He came to Texas in 1986 from Yale Law School, where he was the William K. Townsend Professor of Law. Getman is a former president of the American Association of University Professors. Getman's first novel, "Strike!," was published by Plainview Press in 2007.

Note to editors/producers: Professor Getman will be available for interviews on and around Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6.

Download a high-resolution photo of Getman online. A hi-resolution image of the book is available upon request.

Read more about the event at BookPeople. BookPeople is at 603 N. Lamar Blvd. in Austin.

For more information, contact: Laura Castro, director of media relations, School of Law, 512-825-9525 (cell); Julius Getman, School of Law, 512-914-7644 (cell), 512-232-1719.