By Herbert B. Asher, Eric S. Heberlig, Randall B. Ripley
Are modern U.S. exertions unions beside the point, or in reality a altering strength to be reckoned with as they develop right into a new economic climate in a globalized the US? Is the present political strength exercised by means of U.S. hard work unions extra comparable to the social routine of the sixties or the curiosity politics of the nineties? After profitable the presidency of the AFL-CIO in 1995, John Sweeney and his colleagues have taken strides to make hard work extra very important within the usa economically and politically, regardless of decreased club. right here, 4 authors come jointly to survey the prestige of work unions prior, current, and destiny, nationally in addition to during the microcosm of the hard work scenario in Ohio, one of many biggest, such a lot consultant, and such a lot electorally major states within the country.
The authors concentrate on union club, management, political attitudes, thoughts, and grassroots mobilization to color an image of union revitalization in a context of financial and social switch. American exertions nonetheless wields clout on Election Day, yet union revitalization is a piece in growth. For unions to subject on a daily basis to their participants and leaders, they have to consolidate their financial bases and upward thrust to the demanding situations rigorously documented during this ebook.
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Labor unions--United States--Political activity--History, Presidents--United States--Election--History, Elections--United States--History, Politics, Practical--United States--History. 2/0973 subject : Labor unions--United States--Political activity--History, Presidents--United States--Election--History, Elections--United States--History, Politics, Practical--United States--History. Page i AMERICAN LABOR UNIONS IN THE ELECTORAL ARENA Page ii People, Passions, and Power Social Movements, Interest Organizations, and the Political Process Series Editor: John C.
Focusing on fairly narrow issues involving only union interests was not producing the desired results. Unions alone had very low legislative success rates. Page 14 who are union members—the postwar peak came earlier, in the mid-1950s. At that time, almost 35 percent of the workforce was unionized. Density is almost as low now as it was in 1935–1936, just before the Wagner Act of 1935 took effect. That law established collective bargaining in its modern form and created the National Labor Relations Board to enforce fair labor practices and protect collective bargaining.
Labor unions' core interests are economic: more jobs, better jobs, higher wages, improved benefits such as health care and pensions, and increased job safety. To pursue these interests they need to focus first on organizing groups of workers into unions. To a lesser extent they also need to be vigilant in countering scattered attempts to deunionize through decertification elections. Then, of course, the heart of achieving their goals on behalf of their members is to engage in collective bargaining that results in the kinds of contracts with companies and industries that produce the desired economic outcomes for their workers.