One Day Longer: A Memoir

By Lynn Williams

© 2011

Lynn Williams remains one of the most influential North American union leaders of the twentieth century. His two terms as president of the United Steelworkers of America, from 1983 until 1994, capped off a career in labour relations spanning nearly five decades. Among his many notable achievements were the new bargaining techniques he developed to face challenges from anti-union politicians such as Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. Williams also played a major role in the structural readjustment of the North American steel industry during its most turbulent period, the 1980s and 1990s.

In his memoirs, Williams vividly recounts his life in labour, with all its triumphs, challenges, hopes, and dreams. While telling his own story, Williams also traces the rise and transformation of the labour movement from the Second World War to today. Providing an insider's perspective on union developments and issues, One Day Longer is a profound reflection of Williams's impressive career.

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Providing an insider's perspective on union developments and issues, One Day Longer is a profound reflection of Williams's impressive career.

One Day Longer: A Memoir

By Lynn Williams

© 2011

Lynn Williams remains one of the most influential North American union leaders of the twentieth century. His two terms as president of the United Steelworkers of America, from 1983 until 1994, capped off a career in labour relations spanning nearly five decades. Among his many notable achievements were the new bargaining techniques he developed to face challenges from anti-union politicians such as Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. Williams also played a major role in the structural readjustment of the North American steel industry during its most turbulent period, the 1980s and 1990s.

In his memoirs, Williams vividly recounts his life in labour, with all its triumphs, challenges, hopes, and dreams. While telling his own story, Williams also traces the rise and transformation of the labour movement from the Second World War to today. Providing an insider's perspective on union developments and issues, One Day Longer is a profound reflection of Williams's impressive career.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Row Rights
  • Page Count: 320 pages
  • Illustrations: 36
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.2in x 9.4in
  • Reviews

    ‘Lynn Williams’s ability to bring about change is marvellous, and his determination inspirational. His great success as president of the United Steelworkers was a result of his drive, his sincerity, his intellect, and especially his ability to relate to people. It didn’t matter whether you were a captain of industry, a brand-new union member, or President of the United States: Lynn could relate to everyone and build support for their ideas.’
    Leo Gerard, International President, United Steelworkers

    ‘As Canada’s first elected president of a major international union, Lynn Williams has been an icon in the fight for workers’ rights. I love his stories and have learned so much from his teachings. Finally, they’re in a book everyone can read.’
    Jack Layton, leader, New Democratic Party of Canada

    ‘With unflagging perseverance, Lynn Williams guided the North American labor movement through one of its most turbulent, difficult decades. His remarkable leadership enabled unions to adapt to a changing industrial landscape, fight for economic justice, and stand up to politicians hostile to their cause. Now more than ever before, it is important that the next generation of workers and leaders learn from Williams's distinguished example.’
    Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader of the United States House of Representatives
  • Author Information

    Lynn Williams (1924 -2014) was the president of the United Steelworkers of America from 1983 to 1994.

  • Table of contents

    Foreword

    Abbreviations

    Preface

    Chapter 1 In the Beginning

    Chapter 2 War and Peace

    Chapter 3 The Eaton's Drive

    Chapter 4 Joining the Steelworkers

    Chapter 5 Back East

    Chapter 6 Organizing

    Chapter 7 Sudbury

    Chapter 8 Director, District 6

    Chapter 9 On to Pittsburgh

    Chapter 10 Assuming the Presidency

    Chapter 11 Trying Times

    Chapter 12 Union Work and Politics

    Chapter 13 New Directions

    Epilogue

    Appendices

    Index

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