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AFSCMEs Philadelphia Story: Municipal Workers and Urban Power in the Twentieth Century Francis Ryan

AFSCMEs Philadelphia Story: Municipal Workers and Urban Power in the Twentieth Century

Francis Ryan

Published November 28th 2010
ISBN : 9781439902783
Hardcover
288 pages
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AFSCMEs Philadelphia Story provides the most comprehensive account of the early years of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which is one of Americas largest and most politically powerful unions in the AFL-CIO. AuthorMoreAFSCMEs Philadelphia Story provides the most comprehensive account of the early years of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which is one of Americas largest and most politically powerful unions in the AFL-CIO. Author Francis Ryan details the emergence of the Quaker Citys interracial union, charting its beginnings in the political patronage system of one of the nations most notorious political machines to the first decade of the twenty-first century. Ryan provides new insight into the working class origins of African American political power in the late twentieth century as well as a thorough overview of the role the municipal state played in the urban economy of one of the nations largest cities. Ryan describes the work processes and how they changed, and uses workers testimonies to ground the detailed accounts of issues and negotiations. Beginning in the 1920s and ending in the 2000s, Ryans study offers a long-term analysis of the growth of a single union in a major American city.