Why Unions Matter

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Monthly Review Press, May 1, 2009 - Business & Economics - 240 pages
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In this new edition of Why Unions Matter, Michael D. Yates shows why unions still matter. Unions mean better pay, benefits, and working conditions for their members; they force employers to treat employees with dignity and respect; and at their best, they provide a way for workers to make society both more democratic and egalitarian. Yates uses simple language, clear data, and engaging examples to show why workers need unions, how unions are formed, how they operate, how collective bargaining works, the role of unions in politics, and what unions have done to bring workers together across the divides of race, gender, religion, and sexual orientation. The new edition not onlyupdates the first, but also examines the record of the New Voice slate that took control of the AFL-CIO in 1995, the continuing decline in union membership and density, the Change to Win split in 2005, the growing importance of immigrant workers, the rise of worker centers, the impacts of and labor responses to globalization, and the need for labor to have an independent political voice. This is simply the best introduction to unions on the market.

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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

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User Review  - Erica Reichert - Goodreads

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

About the author (2009)

Michael D. Yates is Associate Editor of Monthly Review and the author of Why Unions Matter and The ABCs of the Economic Crisis (with Fred Magdoff).

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