Cyberunion: Empowering Labor Through Computer Technology / Edition 1

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Shostak maps out a plan for organized labor to use the full range of information technology to transform its organizational culture, refine its focus, and re-invent its mission.
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Shostak (sociology, Drexel U.) examines conventional uses unions are making of computers; presents three models of computer use by unions; outlines a detailed plan for how unions should be using computers; and explores the role certain change-agents are now playing in advancing Labor's computerization process. The volume integrates a series of quotes and extensive readings by labor union activists showing how computers are being used. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765604637
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/30/1999
  • Series: Issues in Work and Human Resources Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword
Introduction: "Please Fasten Your Seatbelts" 3
Pt. I Computers and Labor
Ch. 1 Using Computers as a Servicing Aid 19
Reading 1 How a Personal Computer Can Enhance Union Political Action 34
Ch. 2 Using Computers as an Organizing Aid 40
Reading 2 Sensing the Speed Picking Up 50
Pt. II Variations on the Theme
Ch. 3 Cyber Naught: Paving Over the Cowpath 59
Reading 3 Social Change Prospects for Unionism 69
Ch. 4 Cyber Drift: Going Nowhere 73
Reading 4 Searching for the Way 82
Ch. 5 Cyber Gain: Getting with It 86
Reading 5 Futuristics and Unions: The AFGE Experience 97
Pt. III Cyberunion: Informatics Plus
Ch. 6 CyberUnion: Promoting Power 111
Reading 6 The World of Tomorrow 119
Ch. 7 Futuristics: Promoting Alternatives 123
Reading 7 Teaching Futuristics 132
Ch. 8 Innovations: Promoting Risk-Taking 137
Reading 8 What Must You Know to Be Employed in the Year 2025? 146
Ch. 9 Services: Promoting Ties 149
Reading 9 A Virtual Office for Operating Engineers, IUOE Local 148 159
Ch. 10 Traditions: Promoting Roots 168
Reading 10 Bright Future for Unions? 176
Pt. IV With a Little Help from our Friends: Build it, and they will Come
Ch. 11 Change-Agents: Stateside 185
Reading 11 Women Unionists: "We Can Do It!" 200
Ch. 12 Change-Agents: Overseas 205
Ch. 13 Choices We Must Make 213
Reading 13 Virtual Corporations and American Labor Unions: So Many Unknowns, So Much Potential 222
Epilogue: Under Construction 229
Sources 235
Cyber Sources 245
Appendix: Survey 249
Index 251
About the Author 261
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