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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 financial system in a globalized the United States? Is the present political energy exercised via U.S. exertions unions extra resembling the social activities 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 decreased club. right here, 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 greatest, such a lot consultant, and such a lot electorally major states within the country.
The authors specialize in union club, management, political attitudes, innovations, and grassroots mobilization to color an image of union revitalization in a context of monetary and social switch. American hard work nonetheless wields clout on Election Day, yet union revitalization is a piece in growth. For unions to topic each day to their individuals and leaders, they have to consolidate their financial bases and upward thrust to the demanding situations rigorously documented during this e-book.

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In short, job shrinkage in heavily unionized industries, uneven union organizing efforts, a legal climate tilting toward nonunion outcomes, aggressively antiunion employers, and economic globalization have worked together to explain much of the decline in union membership. There is disagreement on whether the movement of jobs to the Sunbelt states has made union organizing more difficult since those areas have traditionally been hostile to unions. But efforts to organize there have been met with some success.

Attempts to reduce tariffs and other forms of protection for American production of goods and services are good examples of such an issue. Page 9 tional unions. At present, over sixteen million people belong to some type of a labor union. Almost thirteen million are members of unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO. There are about 250 individual national/international unions, 79 of which are affiliated with the AFL-CIO. The federated structure of the AFL-CIO is complicated and is paralleled by a structure for political action.

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