Unions and Labor Laws

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Infobase Publishing, 2009 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 127 pages
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Though most workplaces in the United States are nonunion, the work of unions in previous generations helped to create benefits we often take for granted today, such as weekends off, the 40-hour workweek, and medical benefits. And after declining in number for generations, union membership may again be on the rise as weak economic conditions lead employers to impose layoffs and pay cuts. The power of unions, however, has also been responsible for the creation of often corrupt and bullying labor leaders and crippling strikes. Individual unions' attitudes have varied from inclusive to racist, from democratic to elitist. Are union leaders and members heroes or villains? Are employers who oppose unions merely selfish? Unions and Labor Laws examines these complex issues from a variety of viewpoints.

 

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Contents

Foreword
6
An Overview of Unions and Labor Laws
11
Unions Are Good for Society
21
Unions Harm Society as a Whole
31
Current Labor Laws Favor Employers
44
Current Labor Laws are Unfair to Employers
60
Unions Give Working People a Fairer Deal
71
Unions Help Some Working People at Others Expense
84
Beginning Legal Research
101
Elements of the Argument
104
Notes
108
Resources
118
Picture Credits
120
Index
121
Contributors
126
Copyright

Whats Ahead
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