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American Labor Unions in the Electoral Arena / Edition 1
     

American Labor Unions in the Electoral Arena / Edition 1

by Herbert B. Asher
 

ISBN-10: 0847688666

ISBN-13: 9780847688661

Pub. Date: 03/15/2001

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Are contemporary U.S. labor unions irrelevant, or in fact a changing force to be reckoned with as they grow into a new economy in a globalized America? Is the current political power exercised by U.S. labor unions more akin to the social movements of the sixties or the interest politics of the nineties? After winning the presidency of the AFL-CIO in 1995, John

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Are contemporary U.S. labor unions irrelevant, or in fact a changing force to be reckoned with as they grow into a new economy in a globalized America? Is the current political power exercised by U.S. labor unions more akin to the social movements of the sixties or the interest politics of the nineties? After winning the presidency of the AFL-CIO in 1995, John Sweeney and his colleagues have taken strides to make labor more important in the United States economically and politically, despite reduced membership. Here, four authors come together to survey the status of labor unions past, present, and future, nationally as well as through the microcosm of the labor situation in Ohio, one of the largest, most representative, and most electorally significant states in the country. The authors focus on union membership, leadership, political attitudes, strategies, and grassroots mobilization to paint a picture of union revitalization in a context of economic and social change. American labor still wields clout on Election Day, but union revitalization is a work in progress. For unions to matter every day to their members and leaders, they must consolidate their economic bases and rise to the challenges carefully documented in this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847688661
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/15/2001
Series:
People, Passions, and Power: Social Movements, Interest Organizations, and the P Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.48(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 American Labor Unions and Politics: An Introduction Chapter 2 The Changing Face of Labor Unions Chapter 3 Members' Attitudes toward Unions and Politics Chapter 4 Traditional Political Strategy Chapter 5 Political Strategy in the Sweeney Era Chapter 6 Union Political Activists Chapter 7 Election Day Outcomes Chapter 8 Challenges and Opportunities for Organized Labor Chapter 9 Appendix A: Research Design Chapter 10 Appendix B: The Ohio Union Surveys Chapter 11 Apprenix C: Variable Measurements: Ohio Union Surveys Chapter 12 References Chapter 13 List of Figures Chapter 14 List of Tables

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