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Jane F. McAlevey

Executive Director

Service Employees International Union

HQ Phone:  (202) 730-7000


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Service Employees International Union

1800 Massachusetts Avenue, Nw

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia,20036

United States

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Jane McAlevey
Thankfully, in the most nitty-gritty book here, veteran labor and community organizer Jane McAlevey provides a series of case studies that detail exactly what successful organizers do."

Jane McAlevey
The signal strength of Jane McAlevey's bracing, provocative, fantastic-read of a book is that in the act of reading it, you begin to feel the power that strong organizing can help create. Jane McAlevey's 'Raising Expections' gives a union organizer's view from the front lines Jane McAlevey introduces her bare-knuckled bluntness early in "Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell)," a sometimes rambling, often sharply drawn memoir of her life as a very successful union organizer. Read the full review at CounterFire - Season ButlerMay 16, 2013 Jane McAlevey's Raising Expectations, an account of the problems and possibilities of trade union activism in the US, is full of wit and wisdom Jane McAlevey's engaging memoir kicks off mid-battle during the contested US presidential election of 2000. Amid accusations of voter fraud and election rigging, McAlevey was pulled into the fray to help dig out the truth from the piles of badly-aligned ballots and now-infamous hanging chads in the hopes of showing that Al Gore and not George W Bush had actually won in Florida. Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Nevada, under the leadership of its new executive director, "Hurricane Jane" McAlevey, is taking the state by storm. However, as former labor organizer Jane McAlevey writes in Raising Expectations (And Raising Hell), some of organized labors' struggles spring from the labor movement itself, namely in the form of internecine union wars and poor strategic vision. But I happened to hear Jane McAlevey interviewed on the radio and as I listened to her describe her battles not just with management but with the hierarchy of Big Labor, I heard a much larger story of a struggle for empowerment against the institutional powers that dominate our society. McAlevey is a tough woman and this is a powerful and engaging book for anyone concerned with any of the social struggles across the spectrum on the national scene. Labor legend Jerry Brown responds to critics of Jane McAlevey I am writing as someone who was directly involved in the unusually effective changes led by Jane McAlevey in Local 1107, SEIU Las Vegas, and as someone who watched with real sadness the subsequent undermining and failure of that Local. "In this context, McAlevey's book is timely and desperately needed because it convincingly demonstrates that the problem is not in the stars, but in ourselves.

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Jane McAlevey is a life long activist, veteran labor organizer, teacher and writer.
She is the author if the highly praised Raising Expectations (And Raising Hell); My Decade Fighting for the Labor Movement (2012). After years of organizing in the environmental movement, working at the Highlander Center, and Veatch Foundation, Jane landed in the world of Labor. She was initially recruited to work in the new organizing department of the AFL-CIO in Stamford Connecticut. From the AFL-CIO she was recruited as the national Deputy Director for Strategic Campaigns of the Health Care Division of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), later to become the executive director of SEIU's Nevada local. Under Jane's leadership, the Nevada local reached the highest membership level in a right-to-work state in the history of the SEIU. Jane's success in the labor movement is in no doubt a direct result of her steadfast belief in "whole-worker organizing," which she writes about in depth in Raising Expectations. It is her conviction that successful organizing necessitates a deep understanding of workers' relationships in and outside of work, of the overarching power structures that effect working people's lives, and of the power potential of a well organized work force to effect deep social change.

To discuss the campaign, In These Times turned to Peter Olney, organizing director of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, and a former SEIU organizer; Jane McAlevey, former SEIU national deputy director of strategic campaigns and SEIU Nevada ex- ecutive director, who chronicled her experiences in Raising Expectations (And Raising Hell): My Decade Fighting for the Labor Movement (Verso); and Trish Kahle, a worker at Whole Foods and a member of the SEIU-backed Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago, a new union that is leading the Fight for 15 campaign.
Jane: Any time we're talking about inequality nationally, it's a good thing. Jane: Nationally, some of the bigger unions are trending toward advocacy work, and to me that is the wrong direction. In the last 15 years, a lot of money has been donated to PR and research. Jane: For a decade, SEIU was making top-down deals with little or no rank and-file involvement, like deals with nursing homes that exchanged unionization for a legislative push to prevent patients from suing nursing homes. Jane: We still have 14 million union members in this country. Jane: Anything that encourages direct action is good. "Jane: Anything that encourages direct action is good.

Jane McAlevey, author of Raising Expectations (And Raising Hell): My Decade Fighting For the Labor Movement (Verso Books, 2012) even became a member of the SEIU national executive before she too was cast aside.
Her resulting fury, or political frustration, is reflected in many parts of her new memoir about being undermined and driven out of a 10,000-member SEIU affiliate in Nevada that she labels "one of the most successful in the nation. Lest anyone think that the author's own employment was a little short-term for such a blistering critique, I should note (as the book's subtitle does) that McAlevey actually spent an entire decade trying to straighten out organized labor, as a whole, before concluding it was pretty hopeless. As she writes in the book's final chapter:

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