Rekindling the Movement: Labor's Quest for Relevance in the Twenty-first Century

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Lowell Turner, Harry C. Katz, Richard W. Hurd
Cornell University Press, 2001 - Business & Economics - 402 pages
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From gloomy times in the 1980s, the American labor movement has returned to apparent prominence through the efforts of a new generation of energetic and progressive leaders. A distinguished group of authors examines this resurgence and the potential of American unions with sympathetic yet critical eyes. Experts from a wide variety of disciplines—industrial relations, political science, economics, and sociology—identify the central developments, analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the new initiatives, and assess the progress made and the prospects for the future. Though all agree on the importance of unions, their opinions of the success of current renewal efforts diverge greatly.

The interdisciplinary and comparative approach of Rekindling the Movement is both challenging and enlightening. Rather than merely trumpeting pet opinions, contributors provide hard evidence and causal analysis, grounded in realistic perspectives, to back up suggestions for the improvement of the new labor movement. Their straightforward observations about what is and is not possible, what does and does not work, will be of great practical value for policymakers and union leaders.

  

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Edited by Turner, Harry C. Katz, and Richard W. Hurd from the New York School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, this is a brilliant follow-up to the 1998 anthology ... Read full review

Contents

Building Social Movement Unionism The Transformation of the American Labor Movement
9
Organize for What? The Resurgence of Labor as a Citizenship Movement
27
Living with Flexibility
59
Lost Ways of Unionism Historical Perspectives on Reinventing the Labor Movement
82
Organizing Immigrant Workers Case Studies from Southern California
99
Structural Change in the AFLCIO A Regional Study of Union Cities Impact
129
Confronting the Dilemmas or Organizing Obstacles and Innovations at the AFLCIO Organizing Institute
155
Overcoming Obstacles to Transformation Challenges on the Way to a New Unionism
182
Union Mergers and Union Revival Are We Asking Too Much or Too Little?
238
Building the High Road in Metro Areas Sectoral Training and Employment Projects
256
Organized Labor versus Globalization NAFTA Fast Track and PNTR with China
275
Free Trade Fair Trade and the Battle for Labor Rights
314
Whither the American Labor Movement?
339
References
351
Biographies
375
Index
381

The Evolution of Strategic and Coordinated Bargaining Campaigns in the 1990s The Steelworkers Experience
211

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About the author (2001)

Lowell Turner is Professor of International and Comparative Labor at the ILR School and Director of the Worker Institute at Cornell University. He is coeditor most recently of Mobilizing against Inequality , Labor in the New Urban Battlegrounds , and Rekindling the Movement , all from Cornell.

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