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The product of an October 1993 conference on labor law reform jointly sponsored by the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell U. and the Department of Economic Research at the AFL-CIO, this volume both argues the need for fundamental reform of the legal and institutional underpinnings of the US system of workplace representation and offers proposals for the content of that reform. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780875463261
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/1994
  • Pages: 376

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Context for the Reform of Labor Law 3
Pt. I Historical Perspectives
1 Reforming U.S. Labor Relations 15
2 Section 8(a)(2) and the Origins of the Wagner Act 29
3 The Demise of the National Labor Policy: A Question of Social Justice 45
Pt. II Organizing and the Law
4 Patterned Responses to Organizing: Case Studies of the Union-Busting Convention 61
5 Employer Behavior in Certification Elections and First-Contract Campaigns: Implications for Labor Law Reform 75
6 Employer Tactics and Labor Law Reform 90
7 Winning NLRB Elections and Establishing Collective Bargaining Relationships 110
Pt. III Reforming the NLRA
8 Toward Fundamental Change in U.S. Labor Law: A Law Reform Framework 125
9 What Will It Take? Establishing the Economic Costs to Management of Noncompliance with the NLRA 137
10 Worker Participation after Electromation and Du Pont 147
11 The Debate over the Ban on Employer-Dominated Labor Organizations: What Is the Evidence? 161
12 Status of Workers' Rights to Bargain Collectively 177
Pt. IV The Outcomes of Bargaining Relationships
13 What Do Unions Do for Women? 193
14 The Effects of the Repeal of Utah's Prevailing Wage Law on the Labor Market in Construction 207
15 The Role of Technology in Undermining Union Strength 223
Pt. V Comparative Perspectives
16 The Canadian Perspective on Workers' Rights to Form a Union and Bargain Collectively 241
17 Reforming U.S. Labor Law and Collective Bargaining: Some Proposals Based on the Canadian System 250
18 Union Certification as an Instrument of Labor Policy: A Comparative Perspective 260
19 On the Status of Workers' Rights to Organize in the United States and Canada 273
Pt. VI Frameworks for Change
20 Making Postindustrial Unionism Possible 285
21 New Bargaining Structures for New Forms of Business Organization 303
22 Representing the Part-Time and Contingent Workforce: Challenges for Unions and Public Policy 314
References 324
About the Contributors 345
Index 351
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