Nonunion Employee Representation: History, Contemporary Practice and Policy

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A balanced and comprehensive collection of 18 major articles and 12 case-studies by leading academics, practitioners, and policy makers, this volume examines the history, contemporary practice, and policy issues of non-union employee representation in the USA and Canada. It encompasses many organizational devices, such as shop committees, works councils, employee teams, and joint industrial councils, that are organized on a nonunion basis for the purposes of representing employees on a wide range of production, ...
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Overview

A balanced and comprehensive collection of 18 major articles and 12 case-studies by leading academics, practitioners, and policy makers, this volume examines the history, contemporary practice, and policy issues of non-union employee representation in the USA and Canada. It encompasses many organizational devices, such as shop committees, works councils, employee teams, and joint industrial councils, that are organized on a nonunion basis for the purposes of representing employees on a wide range of production, quality, and employment issues.

Contributors, from Jonathan Hiatt and Lawrence Gold of the AFL-CIO to David Boone, Senior Vice President of Production Operations at Imperial Oil Canada, cover all aspects and perspectives of this controversial subject.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Foreword
1 Introduction 3
History: The United States and Canada
2 Accomplishments and Shortcomings of Nonunion Employee Representation in the Pre-Wagner Act Years: A Reassessment 21
3 The AFL and the Challenge of Company Unionism, 1915-1937 61
4 A Road Not Taken: Independent Local Unions in the United States Since 1935 76
5 Company Unionism in Canada, 1915-1948 96
6 Portrait of Nonunion Employee Representation in Canada: History, Law, and Contemporary Plans 121
Theory
7 An Economic Analysis of Employee Representation 149
8 Nonunion Representational Forms: An Organizational Behavior Perspective 176
9 Nonunion Employee Representation: A Legal/Policy Perspective 196
Contemporary Practice
10 Estimates of Nonunion Employee Representation in the United States and Canada: How Different Are the Two Countries? 223
11 Contemporary Experience with the Rockefeller Plan: Imperial Oil's Joint Industrial Council 231
12 Nonunion Employee Involvement and Participation Programs: The Role of Employee Representation and the Impact of the NLRA 259
13 Do Employee Participation Groups Violate Section 8(a)(2) of the National Labor Relations Act? An Empirical Analysis 287
14 Employee Involvement and Representation in Nonunion Firms: What Canadian Employers Do and Why? 307
15 Advancing Public-Sector Labor-Management Relations Through Consultation: The Role of the National Joint Council of the Public Service of Canada 328
16 The Effectiveness of Diversity Networks in Providing Collective Voice for Employees 348
International Perspectives
17 Nonunion Representation in Germany 365
18 Nonunion Employee Representation in Japan 386
19 Nonunion Forms of Employee Representation in the United Kingdom and Australia 410
Practitioner Commentary: Employers
20 Employee Involvement and Section 8(a)(2): EFCO Manufacturing 453
21 Operation of the Production District Joint Industrial Council, Imperial Oil 457
22 Nonunion Employee Representation at Dofasco 463
Practitioner Commentary: Employees
23 Delta Personnel Board Council 469
24 Production District Joint Industrial Council at Imperial Oil Ltd.: The Perspective from the Employee's Side 474
25 Nonunion Employee Representation at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police 477
Practitioner Commentary: Labor Attorney
26 The Section 8(a)(2) Debate: A Management Attorney's Perspective 483
Practitioner Commentary: Organized Labor
27 My Experience with Unionization of Nonunion Employee Representation Plans in Canada 487
28 Employer-Employee Committees: A Union Perspective 498
Policymaker Commentary
29 Electromation: An Opportunity Lost or Just Postponed? 513
30 A Canadian Policymaker's Perspective on Nonunion Representation 518
Conclusion
31 Nonunion Employee Representation: Findings and Conclusions 527
Index 559
About the Contributors 575
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