By Herbert B. Asher, Eric S. Heberlig, Randall B. Ripley
Are modern U.S. exertions unions beside the point, or in truth a altering strength to be reckoned with as they develop right into a new financial system in a globalized the United States? Is the present political energy exercised via U.S. exertions unions extra similar to the social events of the sixties or the curiosity politics of the nineties? After profitable the presidency of the AFL-CIO in 1995, John Sweeney and his colleagues have taken strides to make hard work extra very important within the usa economically and politically, regardless of diminished club. right here, 4 authors come jointly to survey the prestige of work unions earlier, current, and destiny, nationally in addition to during the microcosm of the hard work state of affairs in Ohio, one of many biggest, such a lot consultant, and such a lot electorally major states within the country.
The authors concentrate on union club, management, political attitudes, techniques, and grassroots mobilization to color an image of union revitalization in a context of financial and social switch. American exertions nonetheless wields clout on Election Day, yet union revitalization is a piece in development. For unions to topic on a daily basis to their contributors and leaders, they have to consolidate their fiscal bases and upward push to the demanding situations rigorously documented during this ebook.
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And if we can't organize, it is harder to protect our members because a non-union competitor can move into town. Organizing and collective bargaining give us the membership strength to be effective in the political arena. Other studies make the point that unions have to make a tradeoff when they allocate resources to organizing activity and to political activity (Delaney, Fiorito, and Masters 1988; P. Johnson 1991). Union leaders at all levels have to choose among a variety of political issues on which to lobby and political campaigns on which to work and the pursuit of basic economic goals.
Politics affects our ability to organize and to be successful in collective bargaining. For example, because of legal restrictions, it is difficult to organize. It takes three years to settle a dispute before the National Labor Relations Board, by which time the organizing drive is dead. And if we can't organize, it is harder to protect our members because a non-union competitor can move into town. Organizing and collective bargaining give us the membership strength to be effective in the political arena.
Both John Hodges, past president of the Ohio AFL-CIO, and Bill Burga, who is the current president, were very supportive of our work and helped us get access to union leaders throughout the state. They also helped in our successful effort to get membership lists of most unions in the state for the purposes of drawing our survey samples. Other exceptionally helpful union officials in Ohio who opened doors and provided data include Michael Billirakis, Dave Kolbe, Carol Pierce Mix, and Patty Tutoki.
American Labor Unions in the Electoral Arena by Herbert B. Asher, Eric S. Heberlig, Randall B. Ripley