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The Precarity Task Force of The Marxist Education Project
presents a special evening
at the Brooklyn Commons

Continental Crucible book cover


Big Business, Workers and Unions in the Transformation of North America

A book by Richard Roman & Edur Velasco Arregui
Published by PM Press/Fernwood

Author Richard Roman
in discussion with Manny Ness

MONDAY, MAY 18, 7:30 pm

at The Brooklyn Commons
388 Atlantic Avenue/Brooklyn •

Campaign for Peace and Democracy
New Politics magazine

"This tremendously insightful book not only offers a rare analysis of the intertwining political economies of all three countries that make up North America, but does so in a manner that tellingly reveals the specific nature of the American empire, and how it is affected by class struggles within each state…. A must read for critical thinkers and activists in all three countries."  —LEO PANITCH

Continental Crucible (2nd edition, 2015, PM & Fernwood) examines the clash between the corporate offensive and the forces of resistance from both pan-continental and class-struggle perspectives. It argues that there is a potential synergy between the cross-border character of the Mexican working class and the cross-border character of "international" (U.S.-Canadian) unions that could re-energize the North American labor. This synergy, however, can only develop in relation to a transformation of the labor movements in all three countries towards inclusive, internationalist, and class struggle unionism. This second, expanded edition examines recent developments in the big business offensive, especially the blitzkrieg of constitutional reforms in Mexico in 2013–14.

RICHARD ROMAN is associate professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Toronto, a fellow of the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean at York University, and a member of Socialist Project and the Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly.

EDUR VELASCO ARREGUI, a professor of law and labour economics at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico City, was Secretary General of the Sindicato Independiente de Trabajadores de la Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana from 1994-1996 and continues to be an important trade union dissident/activist in Mexico.

IMMANUEL NESS is a political economist and professor of Political Science at City University of New York. He edits Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society and is the author of numerous works including Guest Workers and Resistance to U.S. Corporate Despotism, and the forthcoming Southern Insurgency: The Coming of the Global Working Class. He has worked and organized in the food, maintenance, and publishing industries.

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