Can Unions Survive?: The Rejuvenation of the American Labor Movement / Edition 1

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Overview

When employees at firms like Greyhound and Eastern Airlines walk out to protest wage and benefit reductions, they are permanently replaced and their representative labor unions destroyed. Every year, the threat or drama of a high-profile strike - in air traffic control towers, at Amtrak, or at Caterpillar - makes national headlines and, every year, several hundred thousand unrepresented American employees are discharged without good cause. During the past decade, employer opposition to unions has increased. Industrial and demographic changes have eroded traditional blue-collar labor support. Class-based myths have discouraged organization among white-collar workers. As the American labor movement begins its second century, it is confronted by challenges that threaten its very existence. Is the decline of the American labor movement symptomatic of a terminal condition? In this book, Charles Craver presents an incisive analysis of the current state of the American labor movement and a manifesto for how this crucial institution can be revitalized. Journeying with the reader from the inception of labor unions through their heyday and to the present, Craver examines the roots of their decline, the current factors which contribute to their dismal condition, and the actions that are necessary - such as the recruitment of female and minority employees and appeals to white-collar personnel - to ensure union viability in the twenty-first century. Craver thoughtfully discusses what labor organizations must do to organize new workers, to enhance their economic and political power, and to adapt to modern-day advances and to an increasingly global economy. He also suggests changes that must be made in the National Labor Relations Act. This book is essential reading for lawyers, scholars, and policymakers, as well as for all those concerned with the future of the labor movement.
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Craver (law, George Washington U.) recounts the history of the US labor movement from its origin through its heyday, analyzes the reasons for its current decline, and offers a manifesto for revitalizing it in the emerging global economy. He also suggests reforms in the National Labor Relations Act. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814715123
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles B. Craver is Leroy S. Merrifield Research Professor of Law at The National Law Center at George Washington University. A past Secretary of the ABA Labor and Employment Law Section, he is co-author of four books and numerous law journal articles covering various areas of labor and employment law.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Overview 1
2 The Historical Foundation of American Labor 10
3 The Extent and Causes of the Decline of the American Labor Movement 34
4 The Need for Labor Unions to Organize Traditionally Nonunion Personnel 59
5 Enhancing Organized Labor's Economic and Political Power 89
6 The Need to Reform the National Labor Relations Act 126
Epilogue 156
Notes 159
Bibliography 189
Table of Gases 202
Index 207
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