Why Unions Matter / Edition 2

Why Unions Matter / Edition 2

by Michael D. Yates
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Why Unions Matter / Edition 2

In this second edition of Why Unions Matter, written ten years after the first, Michael D. Yates shows why unions still matter. Yates uses simple language, clear data, and engaging examples to explain why workers need unions, how unions are formed, how they operate, how collective bargaining works, the role of unions in politics, and what unions have done to bring workers together across the divides of race, gender, religion, and sexual orientation. This new edition updates the first and examines the record of the New Voice slate in the AFL-CIO, the continuing decline in union membership and density, the Change to Win split in 2005, the growing importance of immigrant workers, the rise of worker centers, the impacts of and labor responses to globalization, and the need for labor to have an independent political voice. This is simply the best introduction to unions on the market.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583671917
Publisher: Monthly Review Press
Publication date: 05/01/2009
Series: New Edition
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(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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MJSupacute More than 1 year ago
I never understood much about unions and employers before I read this book. The book covers about every aspect and every angle down to its very last detail about unions. The author has great reliable sources, and can back up his statements. He writes on how big unions like the NLRB became to be and how they play a role in our society. I could give and extensive amount of information but I would be giving it away.