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Publisher's Summary

The story of low-wage workers rising up around the world to demand respect and a living wage.

Tracing a new labor movement sparked and sustained by low-wage workers from across the globe, "We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now" is an urgent, illuminating look at globalization as seen through the eyes of workers-activists: small farmers, fast-food servers, retail workers, hotel housekeepers, home-healthcare aides, airport workers, and adjunct professors who are fighting for respect, safety, and a living wage.

Drawing on interviews with activists in many US cities and countries around the world, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Mexico, South Africa, and the Philippines, it features stories of resistance and rebellion, as well as reflections on hope and change as it rises from the bottom up.

©2018 Annelise Orleck (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"This is a well-documented introduction to unionization efforts by often marginalized, behind-the-scenes workers." (Booklist)

"Stunning in its breadth and impact, filled with vivid characters from many countries who speak in as many languages, the book is an epic achievement - it shows us globalization from the perspective of the people who do its work. It is proof that a superb historian can reveal the often hidden present as well as the past." (Linda Gordon, author of The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition)

"With common sense and a lot of fire, low-wage workers across the globe are building social movements. Crafted with corazón, this book is a crisply paced, panoramic labor history of the here and now." (Vicki L. Ruiz, author of From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in Twentieth-Century America)

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