Not for Bread Alone: A Memoir

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"Foner often let others take credit, but with his names and telephone numbers he was the man to call―and take a call from. He was a champion of civil rights and civil liberties and an early and strong opponent of the Vietnam War when that was rare among labor."―The Nation"For the daily truth behind phrases like 'first-generation American,' 'labor movement,' and 'civil rights,' there is no better life story than that of Moe Foner. Like Emma Goldman, he insisted on dancing at the revolution, and on every American's right to joy and justice. In these dark times, his memoir is a beacon of past and future light."―Gloria Steinem"I operated under the theory that a good union doesn't have to be dull."―Moe Foner"Don't waste any time mourning―organize."―Joe HillMoe Foner, who died in January 2002, was a leading player in 1199/SEIU, New York's Health and Human Service Union, and a key strategist in the union's fight for recognition and higher wages for thousands of low-paid hospital workers. Foner also was the founder of Bread and Roses, 1199's cultural program created to add dimension and artistic outlets to workers' lives. Foner produced a musical about hospital workers; invited Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger to perform for workers and their children; presented stars such as Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, and Alan Alda; and installed the only permanent art gallery at a union headquarters. One of Foner's last projects was a poster series called "Women of Hope," which celebrates African American, Native American, Asian American, and Latina women including Maya Angelou, Maxine Hong Kingston, Septima P. Clark, and the Delaney sisters Sarah and Elizabeth. Today his legacy is the largest and most important cultural program of any union.Not for Bread Alone traces Foner's development from an apolitical youth whose main concerns were basketball and music to a visionary whose pragmatism paved the way for legislation guaranteeing hospital workers the right to unionize. Foner writes eloquently about his early life in Brooklyn as the son of a seltzer delivery man and about many of the critical developments in the organization of hospital workers. He provides an insider's perspective on major strikes and the struggle for statewide collective bargaining; the leadership styles of Leon Davis, Doris Turner, and Dennis Rivera; and the union's connection to key events such as the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War.

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"The book. . . . traces Foner's own career as a labor PR man par excellence and contains much useful advice for today's 'union communicators.'. . . . For example, Foner's pioneering work on 1199 campaigns among private, nonprofit hospital workers―who didn't have the right to bargain with management forty years ago―provides a good model for any union trying to make organizing rights a higher-profile issue today."―Steve Early, The Nation, September 30, 2002

"The great purity of his efforts and his steadfastness to the unions make his memoir an important addition to the history of American unions."―Los Angeles Times, January 19, 2003

"Foner's lesson isn't whether Bread and Roses is possible in another context . . . or whether workers will listen to an oppositional message, or how to tug workers from the New York Post or Survivor. Rather, Foner proved that an alternative labor culture doesn't spring up. It can be invented, however, with organization and openness to a variety of methods."―Carol Quirke-Radja, New Labor Forum 12:2, Summer 2003

"Working long hours, knowing who to call to get things done, relentlessly organizing, the entrepreneurial Moe Foner helped build a small union into a medium-sized one. Why are there so few stories like Foner's' Why have American unions fallen on such hard times' . . . These questions haunt recent work in American labor history. This engagingly written memoir does not answer these questions directly, but a careful reading offers occasional clues. Both labor historians and business historians―especially those studying the nonprofit sector―can read it profitably."―Robert Whaples, Wake Forest University, Business History 45:4, October 2003

"In Not for Bread Alone, Foner remembers the plays, art exhibits, and lecture series he brought to workers when he began the Bread and Roses Cultural Project. . . . From 1952 to 2002, he fought alongside workers in the battle to provide thousands of black female service workers with recognition and collective bargaining legislation."―Abbie Swanson, The Unionist, February 2003

"Moe was celebrated in and around the labor movement as the founder and director of Bread and Roses. . . . He tells us how he got entertainment celebrities, writers, artists, political leaders, foundations, singers, labor leaders of course―most apparently as unpaid contributors―in a program of plays, skits, art exhibits, publications, social gatherings, all aimed at bringing culture to union members, not merely as spectators but as participants. Some of these projects toured unions around the country. As he tells it, it makes a great story. They just couldn't say no to Moe. More, they seemed grateful to be able to say yes. One man, with a simple but great idea, accomplished a minor miracle."―Union Democracy Review, October/November 2002

"1199, The Health Care Workers' Union, was my husband's favorite and it became mine as well. The stories in this book show why. They tell of a passion for social justice and true humanity. And they do so with spirit and humor."―Coretta Scott King

"Moe Foner's fervent life mirrors the fervent years of our country. His is the drama of a gallant, passionate scrapper in the never-ending battle of civil and human rights. A deeply moving memoir."―Studs Terkel

"For the daily truth behind phrases like 'first-generation American,' 'labor movement' and 'civil rights,' there is no better life story than that of Moe Foner. Like Emma Goldman, he insisted on dancing at the revolution, and on every American's right to joy and justice. In these dark times, his memoir is a beacon of past and future light."―Gloria Steinem

"1199/SEIU's Bread and Roses Cultural Project is a shining example of how a labor union can enrich the lives of its members through the arts. One person has been responsible for this achievement and in Moe Foner's memoir we can read how he did it."―John Sweeney, President, AFL/CIO

"Moe Foner's Not for Bread Alone is a landmark book. Grounded in lively autobiography, it spells out an account of twentieth-century labor history strangely unfamiliar to scholars, historians, and unionists as well. He tells a wonderfully moving and instructive story of those he calls 'forgotten workers': drug employees, hospital workers, and―eventually―the marvelously diverse men and women who have made up Local 1199. Because of Moe Foner's long experience as editor, director of cultural affairs as well as activist (wise and impassioned at once) his perspective is unique as well as widely informed. He writes of strikes and negotiations, of fellow unionists jailed for their commitments and activity. He gives us a suggestive look at the artistic and cultural achievements of his union (complete with art gallery), always alive to contemporary demands―economic, political, and (yes) imaginative. This book cannot but speak to those interested in the new history, in overcoming the silences that have muted so many voices, and those interested in an encounter with a lifelong fighter alive to personal predicaments and triumphs, and always open to novel possibilities."―Maxine Greene, Columbia University

"Moe Foner was an educator. Those of us who are concerned with the future and with the integration of the arts, politics, and learning have to read this book. It is the story of a life committed to justice, the power of imagination, and the potential in every person to live a full and creative life."―Herbert Kohl, University of San Francisco

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