The Twilight of the Old Unionismby Leo Troy
This controversial but well-documented and deftly argued study analyzes the present and future prospects for organized labor in the private sector. Leo Troy, a leading researcher in the field of unionization trends, takes the decline of labor unions -- not just in the United States but elsewhere in the developed world -- as fact. Beginning with this premise, Troy goes on to elaborate on the extent and reasons for the decline by addressing four vital questions for readers: Can private-sector unionism, which Troy identifies as "Old Unionism," ever make a comeback? If organized labor cannot recover, what are the consequences for both unionized and non-unionized workers? What is the experience of other countries, particularly Canada whose industrial relations parallels that of the United States? And, finally, what explains the international decline and change in the character of unionism? Troy concludes that the "twilight" will transform the union movement in the United States and its philosophical and political outlook. Unionism will be dominated by its public sector wing, thus altering what unions are and what they can do.
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