Rebuilding Labor: Organizing and Organizers in the New Union Movement / Edition 1

Rebuilding Labor: Organizing and Organizers in the New Union Movement / Edition 1

by Ruth Milkman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801489024

ISBN-13: 9780801489020

Pub. Date: 07/28/2004

Publisher: Cornell University Press

"In order to recruit new members on a scale that would be required to significantly rebuild union power, unions must fundamentally alter their internal organizational practices. This means creating more organizer positions on the staff; developing programs to teach current members how to handle the tasks involved in resolving shop-floor grievances; and building…  See more details below

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"In order to recruit new members on a scale that would be required to significantly rebuild union power, unions must fundamentally alter their internal organizational practices. This means creating more organizer positions on the staff; developing programs to teach current members how to handle the tasks involved in resolving shop-floor grievances; and building programs that train members to participate fully in the work of external organizing. Such a reorientation entails redefining the very meaning of union membership from a relatively passive stance toward one of continuous active engagement."—from the Introduction In Rebuilding Labor Ruth Milkman and Kim Voss bring together established researchers and a new generation of labor scholars to assess the current state of labor organizing and its relationship to union revitalization. Throughout this collection, the focus is on the formidable challenges unions face today and on how they may be overcome. Rebuilding Labor begins with a comprehensive overview of recent union organizing in the United States; goes on to present a series of richly detailed case studies of such topics as union leadership, organizer recruitment and retention, union democracy, and the dynamics of anti-unionism among rank-and-file workers; and concludes with a quantitative chapter on the relationship between union victories and establishment survival. This interdisciplinary collection of original scholarship on New Labor offers a window into an otherwise invisible emergent social movement.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801489020
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2004
Series:
ILR Press Bks.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Changing to organize : a national assessment of union strategies17
2Union democracy and successful campaigns : the dynamics of staff authority and worker participation in an organizing union62
3Workers against unions : union organizing and anti-union countermobilizations88
4Overcoming legacies of business unionism : why grassroots organizing tactics succeed114
5"Justice for janitors," not "compensation for "custodians" : the political context and organizing in San Jose and Sacramento133
6Against the tide : projects and pathways of the new generation of union leaders, 1984-2001150
7Sticking it out or packing it in? : organizer retention in the new labor movement195
8"Outsiders" inside the labor movement : an examination of youth involvement in the 1996 union summer program225
9Unionism in California and the United States : using representation elections to evaluate its impact on business establishments251

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