By Herbert B. Asher, Eric S. Heberlig, Randall B. Ripley
Are modern U.S. exertions unions beside the point, or actually a altering strength to be reckoned with as they develop right into a new economic climate in a globalized the US? Is the present political strength exercised via U.S. hard work unions extra reminiscent of the social hobbies of the sixties or the curiosity politics of the nineties? After successful the presidency of the AFL-CIO in 1995, John Sweeney and his colleagues have taken strides to make hard work extra vital within the usa economically and politically, regardless of lowered club. the following, 4 authors come jointly to survey the prestige of work unions prior, current, and destiny, nationally in addition to in the course of the microcosm of the hard work state of affairs in Ohio, one of many biggest, such a lot consultant, and so much electorally major states within the country.
The authors concentrate on union club, management, political attitudes, recommendations, and grassroots mobilization to color an image of union revitalization in a context of monetary and social switch. American exertions nonetheless wields clout on Election Day, yet union revitalization is a piece in development. For unions to topic each day to their contributors and leaders, they have to consolidate their monetary bases and upward push to the demanding situations rigorously documented during this booklet.
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This claim seems weak. Aggressive unions in the service and government areas have done quite well. And unionization in the traditional areas of union strength has often declined even more rapidly than the industry itself. Some also claim that traditional domination of unions by white males has meant that unions do not know how to organize a changing work-force that involves much higher proportions of women and minorities. This claim also seems weak. Many unions have changed leaders and attitudes at least as rapidly as management in dealing with a more diverse Page 17 workforce.
But they also address a broad range of issues well beyond their immediate self-interest. In sum, organized labor is an interest group—closely aligned with one political party—that is capable of being an important player in broad coalitions on major issues, and of speaking for nonunion members in the context of paying primary attention to the needs and wants of members. Page 6 They can provide organizational support for politicians, again especially in election campaigns. The most visible political activities in which such groups engage fall broadly into two categories.
Unions alone had very low legislative success rates. Page 14 who are union members—the postwar peak came earlier, in the mid-1950s. At that time, almost 35 percent of the workforce was unionized. Density is almost as low now as it was in 1935–1936, just before the Wagner Act of 1935 took effect. That law established collective bargaining in its modern form and created the National Labor Relations Board to enforce fair labor practices and protect collective bargaining. The absolute number of members has fallen steadily since 1975 and is now about what it was in the early 1950s.
American Labor Unions in the Electoral Arena by Herbert B. Asher, Eric S. Heberlig, Randall B. Ripley