New Novel 'Strike at the Heart of It' Sheds Light on the Human Side of Labor Relations

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PORTLAND, Ore. - s4story -- "Strike at the Heart of It," authored by James Robert Bailey, an expert mediator and arbitrator with over forty years in labor relations, is a novel that offers a deep dive into the world of labor negotiations, union dynamics, and their impact on individuals and communities. Set in a rural area facing the threat of a hospital closure, the book explores the conflicts between for-profit and non-profit sectors, corporate healthcare ambitions, and the community's fight to keep their essential services. Through a story rich with emotion and technical detail, Bailey highlights the complexities and personal stakes involved in labor negotiations.

The narrative combines the technical aspects of labor relations with the emotional experiences of its characters, including union staff, negotiators, arbitrators, mediators, and hospital workers. This approach makes the book relevant to a wide audience, from those in academia and healthcare to HR professionals, labor attorneys, and union members. It not only serves as engaging literature for those interested in labor relations but also offers insights into negotiation tactics and strategies.

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Bailey's extensive experience in labor relations enriches the novel, making it not just a story of conflict and resolution but also a guide to understanding the nuanced world of labor negotiations. The book is designed to resonate with current challenges in labor negotiations, offering a narrative that reflects the resilience and solidarity emerging from adversity.

"Strike at the Heart of It" is essential reading for anyone connected to labor relations, providing both a compelling story and a detailed look at negotiation strategies. It is available On Amazon Here (, with prices at $7.95 for the eBook, $15.95 for the paperback, and $23.95 for the hardcover edition.

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About James Robert Bailey:
James Robert Bailey, with over 40 years in labor relations as a Union Field Representative, Mediator, and Arbitrator, brings his expertise to "Strike at the Heart of It." His career, focused on the intricacies of negotiations and their human impact, informs this contemporary novel, blending informative insights with a compelling narrative.

Angela MacDonough

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