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A CIA-connected labor union, an assassination attempt, a mysterious car crash, listening devices, and stolen documents--everything you'd expect from the latest thriller. Yet, this was the reality of Tony Mazzocchi, the Rachel Carson of the U.S. workplace; a dynamic labor leader whose legacy lives on in today's workplaces and ongoing alliances between labor activists and environmentalists, and those who believe in the promise of America.
In The Man Who Hated Work and Loved Labor: The Life and Times of Tony Mazzocchi, author and labor expert Les Leopold recounts the life of the late Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers Union leader. Mazzocchi's struggle to address the unconscionable toxic exposure of tens of thousands of workers led to the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and included work alongside nuclear whistleblower Karen Silkwood. His noble, high-profile efforts forever changed working conditions in American industry---and made him enemy number one to a powerful few.
As early as the 1950s, when the term "environment" was nowhere on the political radar, Mazzocchi learned about nuclear fallout and began integrating environmental concerns into his critique of capitalism and his union work. An early believer in global warming, he believed that the struggle of capital against nature was the irreconcilable contradiction that would force systemic change.
Mazzocchi's story of non-stop activism parallels the rise and fall of industrial unionism. From his roots in a pro-FDR, immigrant family in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, through McCarthyism, the Sixties, and the surge of the environmental movement, Mazzocchi took on Corporate America, the labor establishment and a complacent Democratic Party.
This profound biography should be required reading for those who believe in taking risks and making the world a better place. While Mazzocchi's story is so full of peril and deception that it seems almost a work of fiction, Leopold proves that the most provocative and lasting stories in life are those of real people.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 6" Height: 9" Weight: 1.6 lbs.
Release Date Nov 14, 2007
Publisher Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN 1933392649 ISBN13 9781933392646
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More About Les Leopold
After attending Oberlin College and Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (MPA 1975), Les cofounded and currently directs two non-profit educational organizations: The Labor Institute (1976) and the Public Health Institute (1986). He designs research and educational programs on occupational safety and health, the environment and economics. He is now helping to form an alliance between the United Steel Workers Union and the Sierra Club. He is the author of The Man Who Hated Work and Loved Labor (2007), and The Looting of America (2009).
Reviews - What do customers think about The Man Who Hated Work and Loved Labor: The Life and Times of Tony Mazzocchi?
Labor leaders, take note... May 9, 2008
This book successfully captures the unique nature of the man, Tony Mazzocchi, a tireless crusader, organizer with a mission. Leopold should be applauded for writing in such an engaging manner, and for successfully portraying a man with such vision that some have likened him to Thomas Jefferson in regards to his impact on the shape of the country today. His short-sighted contemporaries in labor should take note.
Rave for The Man Who Hated Work & Loved Labor Apr 17, 2008
The Man Who Hated Work and Loved Labor, The Life and Times of Tony Mazzocchi manages to combine, in extremely readable text and organization, a history of the labor movement -- and related social and political conditions -- for much of the 20th century and into the 21st. With a sense of humor, Leopold conveys Mazzocchi's own charisma and inspiration.
An inspirational story for our times Feb 17, 2008
A lively and engaging portrait of a labor organizer and activist, "The Man Who Hated Work and Loved Labor" is an inspirational story and object lesson of how much effect one committed person can have in bringing together coalitions for progressive change. From his fight to regulate health and safety issues to linking labor to environmental concerns and civil rights, Tony Mazzocchi was a tireless crusader for those struggling against corporate greed and corruption. This is a truly fascinating historical account of one of labor's foremost champions.
A great book about a truly inspirational man Jan 28, 2008
Well written and inspirational. Tony Mazzocchi recognized the natural alliance between the labor and environmental movements, and that the labor movement will only be successful when it takes an expansive role in society. He rejected the short-sighted and narrow views of many of his contemporaries.
Andrew Lewinter Labor Lawyer, Eugene, Oregon
Survey of an early safety advocate. Jan 6, 2008
Blend insights into a CIA-connected labor union, an assassination attempt, and espionage and you have the story of one Tony Mazzocchi, a labor leader whose struggles to reveal toxic exposure of thousands of workers led to a fight that resulted in passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Any college-level holding strong in labor relations history or health issues in the workplace needs this survey of an early safety advocate.