Stewart Acuff

Jan 25

Playing Bigger Than You Are Goes International

The history of the American labor movement is the bloodiest history of any labor movement in the developed, western world.

Since the assault that continues today began anew and fresh in 1980 by Ronald Reagan, we’ve had to re-fight the battles and wars of our history – the destruction of any right or freedom to organize new unions, corporations demanding concessions and give-backs at the bargaining table, the slow evisceration of real pensions, and 35 years of stagnant wages that has produced in part the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression and an 800% increase in the number of our people in prison.

The world needs to know how American workers and unions have fought back and are fighting back. The world needs to know of the rank-and-file struggles against the assaults by radical rightwing governors and state legislatures – the huge victory in Ohio and partial history-making victories in Wisconsin and other states.

The world needs to know about the movement that grew last summer and fall against the Republican effort to deny the right to vote – again – to people of color, our elders, and our young people.

The world needs to know of our mighty struggle to save the world’s first democracy against the Koch brothers and Karl Rove and Sheldon Aderson and the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

The world needs to know of our commitment to restore the right to organize and expand that right to all American workers, whatever the cost.

The world needs to know of the capital strike we suffer now, the refusal of American firms to invest in America. One technology company is sitting on $137 billion. The world needs to know that radical rightwing Republicans and American corporations intend to destroy the American democracy and replace it with an oligarchy, their attempt to extort our voters and our government.

The world needs to know of our use of nonviolent direct action in our struggle – and how some now see that as some threat.

In fact, I am no longer allowed in Canada, because of my own record of participation and leadership in nonviolent civil disobedience.

Most importantly, the world needs to know the awesome struggle of our people to save our middle class and democracy and leave America a better place for future generations.



I am excited to do book readings and signings in bookstores around Britain and to speak to union members and meet with union leaders about our struggle in America.

You do not want to know less than rank-and-file workers across the Atlantic. If you don’t have the book, get it today by CLICKING HERE!

I will try to blog as much as I can to take you along with me. I will certainly give you a full report at the end.

Playing Bigger Than You Are is being used in training in Canada. Hopefully, this book tour will lead to the book being used in training in the United Kingdom, then spread from there.

Please help move the book on facebook and every communication tool you have.

Thanks for all you do!


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Stewart Acuff is the former organizing Director of the AFL-CIO. Acuff has also written two books: Playing Bigger Than You Are: A Life in Organizing, and Getting America Back to Work.

Playing Bigger Than You Are - A Life in OrganizingGet the e-book edition of Playing Bigger Than You Are by clicking here!

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