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The Maya of Morganton Work and Community in the Nuevo New South

Leon Fink

Published by The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN 10: 0807854476 / ISBN 13: 9780807854471
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Title: The Maya of Morganton Work and Community in ...

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

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Paperback. 272 pages. Dimensions: 9.1in. x 6.6in. x 0.7in.The arrival of several hundred Guatemalan-born workers in a Morganton, North Carolina, poultry plant sets the stage for this dramatic story of human struggle in an age of globalization. When laborers concerns about safety and fairness spark a strike and, ultimately, a unionizing campaign at Case Farms, the resulting decade-long standoff pits a recalcitrant New South employer against an unlikely coalition of antagonists. Mayan refugees from war-torn Guatemala, Mexican workers, and a diverse group of local allies join forces with the Laborers union. The ensuing clash becomes a testing ground for new labor workplace and legal strategies. In the process, the nations fastest-growing immigrant region encounters a new struggle for social justice. Using scores of interviews, Leon Fink gives voice to a remarkably resilient people. He shows that, paradoxically, what sustains these global travelers are the ties of local community. Whether one is finding a job, going to church, joining a soccer team, or building a union, kin and linguistic connections to the place of ones birth prove crucial in negotiating todays global marketplace. A story set at the intersection of globalization and community, two words not often linked, The Maya of Morganton addresses fundamental questions about the changing face of labor in the United States. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780807854471

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Review: "Leon Fink's extraordinarily revealing probe into the immigrant world of a North Carolina poultry plant is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the twenty-first-century meaning of globalization. No one writes with more sympathy, more insight, or more genuine radicalism." - Nelson Lichtenstein, author of State of the Union: A Century of American Labor

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