...a short, fast, tight book, giving us what we like best about Lenny Moss, hospital custodian and union steward. It's an awful situation: James Madison Hospital has been sold to a for-profit chain called Croesus and the boss, on a rampage to cut labor costs, has instigated a decertification campaign. Speed-ups result in injuries to patients but also spur an organizing campaign among the nurses, who are at first dubious about joining the service workers' union.
In the midst of this, a hospital employee who is trying to escape the city — and his drug problem- is found hanged by the neck , an apparent suicide, except for what is revealed by the autopsy. What does his death have to do with the new regime at the hospital? Lenny Moss, the person everyone talks to, figures out what happened. Along the way he's suspended, beat up and then vindicated in an arbitration hearing. This is a great book for labor studies students who want to experience the intensity of a big fight vicariously but realistically... UALE Digest