Why unions matter

Front Cover
Monthly Review Prss, 1998 - Business & Economics - 183 pages
6 Reviews
Why Unions Matter proves with irrefutable statistics and persuasive analysis that unionized workers in every part of the economy get more pay and better benefits than employees who do comparable work but do not belong to a union. Yet economic gains and job security are just the starting point for this informative book. It is just as significant, argues Michael Yates, that unions inspire power, solidarity, and dignity in workers, with great consequences for their lives. Why Unions Matter does not, however, make excuses for existing trade unions. Faced with a decades-long loss of membership, the union movement urgently needs new approaches, argues Yates. Providing sound practical advice on many topics, including what makes a collective bargaining campaign effective and what approach unions should take in electoral politics, Yates calls for a more independent, tough-minded, democratic, and politically progressive labor movement.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
2
4 stars
3
3 stars
1
2 stars
0
1 star
0

Review: Why Unions Matter

User Review  - Jack - Goodreads

Good, but I must admit I was mostly interested in the history of unions. The parts of the book that covered that topic were more enjoyable for me. Most of this book is about convincing you that unions ... Read full review

Review: Why Unions Matter

User Review  - Erica Reichert - Goodreads

An excellent introduction to the importance of unions for society. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
WHY UNIONS?
8
HOW UNIONS FORM
24
Copyright

6 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1998)

Yates is professor of economics at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

Bibliographic information