Why Unions Matter

Author: Michael D. Yates
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 1583673660
Format: PDF, Kindle
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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.

Save Our Unions

Author: Steve Early
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 1583674292
Format: PDF, ePub
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Save Our Unions: Dispatches From A Movement in Distress brings together recent essays and reporting by labor journalist Steve Early. The author illuminates the challenges facing U.S. workers, whether they’re trying to democratize their union, win a strike, defend past contract gains, or bargain with management for the first time. Drawing on forty years of personal experience, Early writes about cross-border union campaigning, labor strategies for organizing and health care reform, and political initiatives that might lessen worker dependence on the Democratic Party. Save Our Unions contains vivid portraits of rank-and-file heroes and heroines, both well-known and unsung. It takes readers to union conventions and funerals, strikes and picket-lines, celebrations of labor’s past and struggles to insure that unions still have a future in the 21st century. The book’s insight, analysis and advocacy make this an important contribution to the project of labor revitalization and reform.

Power on the Job

Author: Michael Yates
Publisher: South End Press
ISBN: 9780896084971
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This book effectively deals with the legacy of the Reagan-Bush era: unemployment, underemployment, and the diminishing legal rights of union organizers.

The Union Member s Complete Guide

Author: Michael Mauer
Publisher: Union Communication Services, Inc.
ISBN: 9780965948616
Format: PDF, ePub
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An easy-to-read, thorough explanation of what unions are, how they work, and the rights and responsibilities of membership. Countless workers today became union members only because they took jobs in previously organized workplaces and have little understanding of how unions work. This book gives them that basic understanding and answers bedrock questions about such things as the structure of the labor movement, how contracts are negotiated, the grievance process, core labor laws, their union's role in their community and a whole lot more.

Southern Labor and Black Civil Rights

Author: Michael K. Honey
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252063053
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This book chronicles the rarely studied southern industrial union movement from the Great Depression to the cold war, using the strategically located river city of Memphis as a case study. Honey analyzes the economic basis of segregation and the denial of fundamental human rights and civil liberties it entailed.