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The CyberUnion Handbook: Transforming Labor Through Computer Technology

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Art Shostak's book, CyberUnion presented a bold plan for unions to develop a more significant role in the twenty-first century by adopting four strategic aids - futuristics, innovations, services, and traditions (F-I-S-T) - knit together by cutting-edge InfoTech resources. The CyberUnion Handbook expands on the F-I-S-T model with practical, how-to information and advice on every aspect of using technology to advance labor's interests. It looks at gains and setbacks in pioneering efforts to create CyberUnions, ...
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Overview

Art Shostak's book, CyberUnion presented a bold plan for unions to develop a more significant role in the twenty-first century by adopting four strategic aids - futuristics, innovations, services, and traditions (F-I-S-T) - knit together by cutting-edge InfoTech resources. The CyberUnion Handbook expands on the F-I-S-T model with practical, how-to information and advice on every aspect of using technology to advance labor's interests. It looks at gains and setbacks in pioneering efforts to create CyberUnions, highlights relevant websites, and includes interviews with key CyberUnion advocates. The book also reviews overseas efforts for transferable lessons, and pays special attention to the AFL-CIO campaign to ensure labor's advances in the use of InfoTech.
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Shostak (sociology, Drexel U. and the National Labor Relations College) presents 46 chapters offering advice on how to use the Internet and other information technologies to promote AFL-CIO type trade unionism. Early chapters cover the basics of the technology from buying the hardware to managing email and list serves and providing a Web site. Later chapters discuss how unions can apply these technologies to their normal practices in order to either strengthen or improve the union. Among the applications are the opening of union meetings, the promotion of union democracy, the sustenance of strikes, and other organizing matters. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Preface Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Cyber Birth: The Struggles of a Local Going Online, Steven J. Lelinski 2. On the Border of Cyber Unionism: Lessons from Local 1613, Joseph N. Dassaro 3. Technology Evens the Playing Field for Smaller Labor Constituency Groups, Lawrence R. Smoot, Jr. Part 1: Surveying the Field 4. Cyber Drives: Organizing, Bargaining, and Mobilizing: Downloading "E-Strategies" for 21st-Century Union Action, Laureen Lazarovici 5. Info Zap! PDAs in the Hands of a Union Activist, Karin Hart 6. Corporate Surveillance: Monitoring Your Monitor, Nancy Bupp 7. What Unions Can Learn from Nonprofits about Using the Internet, Mark Friedman 8. Five Lessons from Union Computer Use in Sweden, Gunnar Zetterstrom Part 2: How to Get Started 9. Nine Rules for Good Technology, Stephen Downes 10. Getting On and Getting Off: Roadblocks on the Information Superhighway, Edward Hertenstein 11. Taking More Control of Technology Issues, Nancy Bupp 12. "But the Computer Salesman Said..." What All of That Stuff Means, Brandon Weber 13. Avoiding Shams, Scams, and Spam as You Journey the Information Superhighway, Bill Ringle Part 3: How to Manage E-Mail and List Serves 14. How-To's and Why Not's: A Quick Guide for Union E-Tool Use, Donna Jablonski 15. Union and Employee Access to Employer E-Mail Systems Under Federal Labor Law, Stuart W. Davidson, Esq. and Eric M. Fink, Esq. 16. Lessons from Pioneering in Union Uses of the Internet, Ed Czarnecki 17. The MODEM Experience: The Moderator's Views on Some Questions, Brian Mitchell and Cheryl Mitchell 18. The Natural Life Cycle of Mailing Lists, Kat Nagel Part 4: How to Provide a Web Site 19. Unix? Linux? How Do I Even Begin to Create My Own Site? Matt Seng 20. What a Web Site Should Offer, Linda Mathews and Mike Wisniewski 21. Crucial Questions for Union Web Masters, Mindy Pines 22. Web Site Lessons, Linda Mathews and Mike Wisniewski 23. Finding and Holding a Web Audience, Robert Kolb Part 5: How to Become a CyberUnion 24. Bridging the Cyber Gap, Peggy Myrie Part 6: How to Employ Futuristics 25. Guidelines from a Futures Course for Unionists, Arthur B. Shostak 26. A New Society Gives Birth to a New Union, Bob Marino Part 7: What Innovations? 27. Revitalizing a Local through CyberSpace, Larry Johnson 28. Virtually Meeting: How the Internet Can Open Up Union Meetings to All the Members, Sam Stark 29. Beyond the Web Site: The Experience of Labour Start's Labour Newswire, Eric Lee Part 8: What Services? 30. I Came, I Saw, I Digitized: A Union Editor's Guide to Electronic Design and Layout, Brandon Weber 31. The Virtual Union Hall, T Santora 32. A Clipboard, Cell Phone, and a Laptop: What Every Organizer Needs, Will Collette Part 9: How to Honor Traditions 33. Designing and Delivering Internet Instruction to Labor Unions: A Practical Guide, Deb Joseph 34. The Power of Digital Media and Technology for Working People! Steve Zeltzer Part 10: Promoting Union Democracy 35. A Simple List Serve and Union Democracy, Charlie Laskonis 36. One Union's Leap into Cyber-Democracy, Rick Inclima 37. Matters of Human Debate: Using the Internet for Union Democracy, Matt Noyes Part 11: Promoting Union Militancy 38. Using Cyber Space to Enhance the Cyber Union, Anthony W. Zumpetta 39. How the Internet Sustained a Strike, Paul Andrews 40. Picketing Cyber Space, William Puette Part 12: Promoting Organizing 41. How a Former Union Organizer Accidentally Sparked a Nationwide Election Protest Movement, All Via the Internet, Zack Exley 42. Look for the CyberUnion Label, Thomas James Katona 43. The WashTech/CWA Project: A Work in Progress, Danielle D. van Jaarsveld 44. Plugged in, Turned on Unionism, John Klusinske Epilogue: And Tomorrow? 45. Unions and the Web: Where to Now? Peter Lewis 46. Labor Web Site Reviews, G. Peter Shostak, Karen Chamberlain, and Arthur B. Shostak Internet Resource Guide, Prepared by Nancy Bupp Recommended Web Sites, Prepared by Nicole L. Whittaker Annotated Bibliography
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