The Decline of Organized Labor in the United States

The Decline of Organized Labor in the United States

by Michael Goldfield


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The Decline of Organized Labor in the United States by Michael Goldfield

Michael Goldfield challenges standard explanations for union decline, arguing that the major causes are to be found in the changing relations between classes. Goldfield combines innovative use of National Labor Relations Board certification election data, which serve as an accurate measure of new union growth in the private sector, with a sophisticated analysis of the standard explanations of union decline. By understanding the decline of U.S. labor unions, he maintains, it is possible to begin to understand the conditions necessary for their future rebirth and resurgence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226301037
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 05/28/1989
Edition description: 1
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: (w) x (h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Michael Goldfield is assistant professor of government at Cornell University.

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Part 1. Organized Labor in the United States: Its General Weakness and Recent Decline
1. Introducing the Decline
2. National Political Influence
3. The Collective Bargaining System
Part 2. The Significance and Meaning of Union Decline
4. The Significance of the Trade Union Debate
5. The Components of Union Decline and the Importance of New Organizing
6. Possible Explanations for the Decline
Part 3. Reasons Behind the Trade Union Decline
7. The Interrogation of the First Suspect: Changes in the Economic Structure and Social Composition of the Work Force
8. A Preliminary Investigation into Cyclical Trends in New Union Organizing
9. The Continuing Search for the Real Culprits: The Relation of Class Forces
Part 4. Conclusion
10. Summary
11. Some Speculations
A. The Data
B. The Cross-sectional Models
C. Pooling of Cross-section and Time-series Data Models
D. The Yearly Aggregate Data

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