Contrary to popular belief, organized labor is not dying although its membership has declined in most Western economies. The world membership of organized labor has increased 40 percent since 1980, mainly in Eastern Europe, Africa, and Asia boosting the global union membership from 140 to 166 million between 1995 and 2001. With 16 million union members, the United States has the second largest number of union members of any country in the world after the Russian Federation. The A to Z of Organized Labor captures the dynamism of this fascinating, complex subject and makes it accessible to any interested researcher. Containing 400 entries that cover organized labor in countries around the world, an up-to-date chronology, and an extensive bibliography arranged by subject, this dictionary provides an excellent source for these historical study of organized labor. Notable revised and new material include: o Statistical appendix o Guide to relevant Internet sites o Glossary of terms o Summary list of past and present international labor leaders o Lists of global union federations and the affiliated organizations of major national labor federations o Analytical lists of the membership of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions An essential reference for students and scholars, this work will also be of interest to labor economists, lawyers, sociologists, human rights activists, and historians.
About the Author
James C. Docherty is employed by the federal Department of Industrial Relations and by the federal Department of Immigration, Multicultural, and Indigenous Affairs. He has been a labor union member since 1978. He is the author of Historical Dictionary of Australia, Second Edition and Historical Dictionary of Socialism, both published by Scarecrow Press.