Rekindling the Movement: Labor's Quest for Relevance in the Twenty-First Century / Edition 1

Rekindling the Movement: Labor's Quest for Relevance in the Twenty-First Century / Edition 1

by Lowell Turner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801487129

ISBN-13: 9780801487125

Pub. Date: 05/28/2001

Publisher: Cornell University Press

From gloomy times in the 1980s, the American labor movement has returned to apparent prominence through the efforts of a new generation of energetic and progressive leaders. A distinguished group of authors examines this resurgence and the potential of American unions with sympathetic yet critical eyes. Experts from a wide variety of disciplines—industrial

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From gloomy times in the 1980s, the American labor movement has returned to apparent prominence through the efforts of a new generation of energetic and progressive leaders. A distinguished group of authors examines this resurgence and the potential of American unions with sympathetic yet critical eyes. Experts from a wide variety of disciplines—industrial relations, political science, economics, and sociology—identify the central developments, analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the new initiatives, and assess the progress made and the prospects for the future. Though all agree on the importance of unions, their opinions of the success of current renewal efforts diverge greatly.

The interdisciplinary and comparative approach of Rekindling the Movement is both challenging and enlightening. Rather than merely trumpeting pet opinions, contributors provide hard evidence and causal analysis, grounded in realistic perspectives, to back up suggestions for the improvement of the new labor movement. Their straightforward observations about what is and is not possible, what does and does not work, will be of great practical value for policymakers and union leaders.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801487125
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Series:
Frank W. Pierce Memorial Lectureship and Conference Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Revival of the American Labor Movement: Issues, Problems, Prospects1
Pt. IReinventing the Labor Movement
1Building Social Movement Unionism: The Transformation of the American Labor Movement9
2Organize for What? The Resurgence of Labor as a Citizenship Movement27
3Living with Flexibility59
4Lost Ways of Unionism: Historical Perspectives on Reinventing the Labor Movement82
Pt. IIOrganizing Upsurge: Strategic and Structural Innovation
5Organizing Immigrant Workers: Case Studies from Southern California99
6Structural Change in the AFL-CIO: A Regional Study of Union Cities' Impact129
7Confronting the Dilemmas of Organizing: Obstacles and Innovations at the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute155
8Overcoming Obstacles to Transformation: Challenges on the Way to a New Unionism182
Pt. IIINew Strategic and Institutional Orientations
9The Evolution of Strategic and Coordinated Bargaining Campaigns in the 1990s: The Steelworkers' Experience211
10Union Mergers and Union Revival: Are We Asking Too Much or Too Little?238
11Building the High Road in Metro Areas: Sectoral Training and Employment Projects256
Pt. IVPolitics and Policy
12Organized Labor versus Globalization: NAFTA, Fast Track, and PNTR with China275
13Free Trade, Fair Trade, and the Battle for Labor Rights314
Afterword: Whither the American Labor Movement?339
References351
Biographies375
Index381

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