By Herbert B. Asher, Eric S. Heberlig, Randall B. Ripley
Are modern U.S. exertions unions inappropriate, or in reality a altering strength to be reckoned with as they develop right into a new economic system in a globalized the US? Is the present political energy exercised through U.S. exertions unions extra resembling the social activities 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 exertions extra vital within the usa economically and politically, regardless of diminished club. the following, 4 authors come jointly to survey the prestige of work unions earlier, current, and destiny, nationally in addition to throughout the microcosm of the hard work scenario in Ohio, one of many biggest, so much consultant, and such a lot electorally major states within the country.
The authors specialise in union club, management, political attitudes, ideas, and grassroots mobilization to color an image of union revitalization in a context of financial and social switch. American hard work 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 need to consolidate their monetary bases and upward push to the demanding situations conscientiously documented during this ebook.
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Presidents— United States—Election—History. 3. Elections—United States—History. 4. Politics, Practical—United States—History. I. Asher, Herbert B. 48-1992. 8 Are Union Political Activities Appropriate? 5 Determinants of Support for Union-Endorsed and Democratic Candidates 149 Page xi Preface We wrote this book because we find the topic important and interesting, and we also think that American academics, with a few notable exceptions, have been shortsighted in ignoring unions and politics in the scholarly literature of the last three or four decades.
Many more conservative unions, such as the building trades, were not so engaged. Unions have been active in efforts to raise the minimum wage over the years although almost none of their members are directly affected. They have been supportive of national health care initiatives. Many issues with broad social ramifications also have some direct impact, actual or projected, on union members. Attempts to reduce tariffs and other forms of protection for American production of goods and services are good examples of such an issue.
The reunification of the AFL and CIO in 1955 solidified the institutionalization of organized labor. Some leaders and unions in the new AFL-CIO retained genuine concern for broad social issues, such as minimum wage increases (which had virtually no impact on union members), health care, and civil rights. Others focused exclusively on the immediate economic interests of their members. Until Sweeney became president of the AFL-CIO in 1995, however, union leadership had become generally inward-looking and cautious.
American Labor Unions in the Electoral Arena by Herbert B. Asher, Eric S. Heberlig, Randall B. Ripley