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Over thirty-five years ago, Greenhaven Press began publishing die Opposing Viewpoints series to help students gain an awareness of current issues and develop critical thinking skills. The Introducing Issues with Opposing Viewpoints series continues that tradition, presenting a wealth of information on contemporary issues in a colorful, easy-to-read format. In addition to pro/con articles, each Introducing Issues with Opposing Viewpoints volume includes appealing features designed to help students understand the ...

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Overview

Over thirty-five years ago, Greenhaven Press began publishing die Opposing Viewpoints series to help students gain an awareness of current issues and develop critical thinking skills. The Introducing Issues with Opposing Viewpoints series continues that tradition, presenting a wealth of information on contemporary issues in a colorful, easy-to-read format. In addition to pro/con articles, each Introducing Issues with Opposing Viewpoints volume includes appealing features designed to help students understand the complexities of current issues:

Full-color photographs, charts, graphs, and cartoons supplement the text

Sidebars present easy-to-understand statistics

Engaging fact boxes provide at-a-glance information

Questions that focus on vocabulary aid reading comprehension

Glossary, annotated bibliography, websites, and organizations to contact supplement student research

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Table of Contents

Foreword 5

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 What Is the Status of US Labor Unions?

1 Positive Attitudes Toward Labor Unions Have Fallen in Recent Years Akito Yoshikane 11

2 Americans Are Increasingly Recognizing the Benefits of Unions Dave Johnson 17

3 Labor Unions Harm the Overall Economy James Sherk 23

4 Labor Unions Do Not Harm State Economies Richard Florida 29

5 Labor Unions Have Tremendous Political Influence Peyton R. Miller 36

6 Labor Unions Have Become Progressively Less Influential Palash R. Ghosh 42

Chapter 2 Should Government Regulate Labor Unions?

1 States Should Repeal Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector Chris Edwards 50

2 Collective Bargaining Is a Right in Both the Private and Public Sectors Garrett Keizer 56

3 Right-to-Work Laws Protect Workers from Forced Unionization Bruce Walker 61

4 Right-to-Work Laws Aim to Reduce the Bargaining Power of Workers Dean Baker 66

5 The Employee Free Choice Act Should Be Passed AFL-CIO 72

6 The Employee Free Choice Act Should Not Be Passed Doug Bandow 79

Chapter 3 What Is the Future of Labor Unions?

1 A Political War Is Being Waged to Eliminate Labor Unions Jane McAlevey 86

2 Labor Unions' Decline Is Due to Their Anticompetitive Nature Daniel Griswold 93

3 America Needs Labor Unions to Counteract the Power of Big Business David Macaray 99

4 The US Economy Would Be Harmed by Increased Unionization Lee E. Ohanian 105

5 Attacks on Unions Have Drawn Public Sympathy Harold Meyerson 110

6 The Outlook for Private and Public Unions Is Bleak Michael Barone 115

Facts About Labor Unions 120

Organizations to Contact 122

For Further Reading 126

Index 131

Picture Credits 137

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