By Herbert B. Asher, Eric S. Heberlig, Randall B. Ripley
Are modern U.S. exertions unions inappropriate, or in reality a altering strength to be reckoned with as they develop right into a new financial system in a globalized the USA? Is the present political energy exercised through U.S. exertions unions extra corresponding to the social pursuits of the sixties or the curiosity politics of the nineties? After successful the presidency of the AFL-CIO in 1995, John Sweeney and his colleagues have taken strides to make exertions extra very important within the usa economically and politically, regardless of lowered club. right here, 4 authors come jointly to survey the prestige of work unions previous, current, and destiny, nationally in addition to during the microcosm of the hard work state of affairs in Ohio, one of many biggest, so much consultant, and such a lot electorally major states within the country.
The authors specialise in union club, management, political attitudes, thoughts, and grassroots mobilization to color an image of union revitalization in a context of monetary and social swap. American hard work nonetheless wields clout on Election Day, yet union revitalization is a piece in development. For unions to topic on a daily basis to their participants and leaders, they have to consolidate their financial bases and upward push to the demanding situations rigorously documented during this e-book.
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We look at the national situation for the labor movement's political activities. We also focus in detail on those activities and their impact in one large state: Ohio (see appendix A). In this book, we will explore in detail the dynamics between labor leaders and union members as the former seek specific political behavior from the latter. The possibility of political renewal and revitalization is dependent in part on those dynamics, although they are, inevitably, set in the context of the external reality of fundamental economic changes.
Labor unions—United States—Political activity—History. 2. Presidents— United States—Election—History. 3. Elections—United States—History. 4. Politics, Practical—United States—History. I. Asher, Herbert B. 48-1992. 8 Are Union Political Activities Appropriate? 5 Determinants of Support for Union-Endorsed and Democratic Candidates 149 Page xi Preface We wrote this book because we find the topic important and interesting, and we also think that American academics, with a few notable exceptions, have been shortsighted in ignoring unions and politics in the scholarly literature of the last three or four decades.
Four decades of changes in the nature of the American economy radically altered their size and importance. Other mergers of smaller unions have also occurred with regularity over the last several decades. The relative strength of unionized private- and public-sector workers is also changing. In 1964, 92 percent of all union members were in the private sector and the rest were in the public sector. By 1996, only 58 percent of all union members worked in the private sector and the rest were in the public sector.
American Labor Unions in the Electoral Arena by Herbert B. Asher, Eric S. Heberlig, Randall B. Ripley