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Why Unions Matter / Edition 1
     

Why Unions Matter / Edition 1

by Michael D. Yates
 

ISBN-10: 0853459290

ISBN-13: 9780853459293

Pub. Date: 12/01/1998

Publisher: Monthly Review Press

"A comprehensive, readable introduction to the history, structure, functioning, and yes, the problems of U.S. unions. For labor and political activists just coming on the scene or veterans looking for that missing overview, this is the best place to start."

—Kim Moody, author of Workers in a Lean World

With historical sidebars ranging from the

Overview

"A comprehensive, readable introduction to the history, structure, functioning, and yes, the problems of U.S. unions. For labor and political activists just coming on the scene or veterans looking for that missing overview, this is the best place to start."

—Kim Moody, author of Workers in a Lean World

With historical sidebars ranging from the Industrial Workers of the World to Cesar Chavez and a generous sprinkling of photos and cartoons, Why Unions Matter is a clear and simple introduction to the labor movement's purpose and promise.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780853459293
Publisher:
Monthly Review Press
Publication date:
12/01/1998
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Preface to the Second Edition 11

Introduction 23

1 Why Unions? 31

Strength in Numbers 32

The First U.S. Unions 35

Do Unions Work? 37

Unions and Dignity 41

2 How Unions Form 47

A Little History 49

How Unions Form 52

Successful Union Organizing 58

With the California Nurses' Association in Texas 59

3 Union Structures and Democracy 69

Locals and Internationals 71

Union Structure and the Law 75

An Example of Union Democracy 77

A Local Union Meeting 81

4 Collective Bargaining 83

The IWW's Case against Collective Bargaining 85

Strategies of the Contract Campaign 86

Bargaining in Wartime 94

At the Table 96

The Agreement 101

Politics and Collective Bargaining 108

5 Unions and Politics 111

Why U.S. Labor Politics Are Different 113

Labor Politics in the 1930s 116

Labor Politics Today 118

The Missouri Victory against Right-to-Work 125

Workers of the World Suppressed 126

The American Institute for Free Labor Development 129

The Time Is Ripe 131

The Employee Free Choice Act 134

6 Race, Gender, Ethnicity, and Sexual Orientation 141

Unions and Race 145

The United Packinghouse Workers 148

The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters 150

Unions and Women 151

Women in Struggle 155

The Intersection of Race and Gender 159

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender/Transsexual Workers 162

What Collective Bargaining Has Won 163

Politics of Liberation 166

7 Immigrant Workers 169

A Nation of Immigrants 169

The United Farm Workers Union 172

The Immokalee Farm Workers Take on the Fast Food Companies 176

8 The Tasks Ahead 185

The Difficulties Labor Faces 187

Labor's Decline: External Forces191

Labor's Decline: Internal Forces 196

The "New Voice" 199

An International Labor Movement? 203

Still to Come 205

Useful Resources 210

Notes 213

Index 235

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