Here’s my conversation with James Walsh, who spent two years as an undercover union organizer at casinos in Miami, and writes about the experience in “Playing Against The House.” I asked him about:

  • Being a double agent, keeping union organizing secret while not telling anyone he was writing about it.
  • The reaction of his fellow casino employees to the idea of joining a union.
  • The tactics management used to keep the union from organizing in the casinos.
  • Whether he found a Norma Rae among his colleagues.
  • What kind of training he was given by the outside union organizers who helped him get inside.
  • Whether people lost their jobs because of his efforts, despite laws against that.
  • Why union membership has dropped to single digit percentages in the US.

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