Emerging Labor Market Institutions for the Twenty-First Century / Edition 1

Emerging Labor Market Institutions for the Twenty-First Century / Edition 1

by Richard B. Freeman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226261573

ISBN-13: 9780226261577

Pub. Date: 02/01/2005

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Private sector unionism is in decline in the United States. As a result, labor advocates, community groups, nongovernmental organizations, and individuals concerned with the well-being of workers have sought to develop alternative ways to represent workers' interests. Emerging Labor Market Institutions for the Twenty-First Century provides the first in-depth

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Private sector unionism is in decline in the United States. As a result, labor advocates, community groups, nongovernmental organizations, and individuals concerned with the well-being of workers have sought to develop alternative ways to represent workers' interests. Emerging Labor Market Institutions for the Twenty-First Century provides the first in-depth assessment of how effectively labor market institutions are responding to this drastically altered landscape.

This important volume provides case studies of new labor market institutions and new directions for existing institutions. The contributors examine the behavior and impact of new organizations that have formed to solve workplace problems and to bolster the position of workers. They also document how unions employ new strategies to maintain their role in the economic system. While non-union institutions are unlikely to fill the gap left by the decline of unions, the findings suggest that emerging groups and unions might together improve some dimensions of worker well-being. Emerging Labor Market Institutions is the story of workers and institutions in flux, searching for ways to represent labor in the new century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226261577
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
02/01/2005
Series:
National Bureau of Economic Research Conference Report Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Richard B. Freeman and Joni Hersch
1. Individual Rights and Collective Agents: The Role of Old and New Workplace Institutions in the Regulation of Labor Markets
David Weil

I. Studies of Nonworker Organizations
2. White Hats or Don Quixotes? Human Rights Vigilantes in the Global Economy
Kimberly Ann Elliott and Richard B. Freeman

3. The Living Wage Movement: What Is It, Why Is It, and What's Known about Its Impact?
Jared Bernstein

4. The Role and Functioning of Public-Interest Legal Organizations in the Enforcement of the Employment Laws
Christine Jolls

II. Studies of Membership-Based Initiatives
5. Unionization of Professional and Technical Workers: The Labor Market and Institutional Transformation
Richard W. Hurd and John Bunge

6. A Workers' Lobby to Provide Portable Benefits
Joni Hersch

III. New Union Opportunities and Initiatives
7. A Submerging Labor Market Institution? Unions and the Nonwage Aspects of Work
Thomas C. Buchmueller, John E. DiNardo and Robert G. Valletta
8. Union Participation in Strategic Decisions of Corporations
Eileen Appelbaum and Larry W. Hunter

9. Development Intermediaries and the Training of Low-Wage Workers
Lisa M. Lynch

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