Unions and Communities Under Siege: American Communities and the Crisis of Organized Labor

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The essential argument of this book is that the current crisis of US unions ought to be considered in terms of the local context of labor-management relations; that is, the communities in which men and women live and work. Whether by design or necessity, the structure of New Deal national labor legislation has sustained, and maintained, distinctive local labor-management practices.
 

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Contents

Crisis of organized labor
3
Understanding union growth and decline
22
Communities and corporate location strategies
45
Rationing jobs within the union between communities
67
s Democracy in the guise of representation elections
91
Organizing strategies in the heartland and the South
110
At the margin of the rules of the game
137
Integrity of the National Labor Relations Board
151
Options for restructuring the US economy
171
Republicans Democrats and the southern veto
193
Employment contracts without unions
216
Unions and communities unarmed
239
Variables and data sources
254
Bibliography
278
Name index
293
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