By Herbert B. Asher, Eric S. Heberlig, Randall B. Ripley
Are modern U.S. hard work unions beside the point, or actually a altering strength to be reckoned with as they develop right into a new economic climate in a globalized the US? Is the present political strength exercised by means of U.S. hard work unions extra similar to the social events 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 hard work extra very important within the usa economically and politically, regardless of diminished club. right here, 4 authors come jointly to survey the prestige of work unions prior, current, and destiny, nationally in addition to throughout the microcosm of the exertions scenario in Ohio, one of many biggest, so much consultant, and so much electorally major states within the country.
The authors concentrate on union club, management, political attitudes, ideas, and grassroots mobilization to color an image of union revitalization in a context of financial and social switch. 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 contributors and leaders, they have to consolidate their monetary bases and upward thrust to the demanding situations rigorously documented during this publication.
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In 1998, organized labor refined its strategy to fit a different kind of election. In 1996, the strategy was to attack marginal Republican House members who had been swept into office during the Republican congressional landslide of 1994. The 1998 election occurred in the middle of the Page 20 second term of a popular, although distrusted, president. The president's party in Congress almost always loses a significant number of seats in a midterm election in the sixth year of an incumbency. Labor's strategy was to aim at ousting only the weakest Republicans in order to focus resources on protecting incumbent Democrats and winning open seats that had been held by Democrats.
Many contemporary workers have no experience of labor militance; they understand the union primarily as a servicing institution rather than a vehicle for collective action. In response, labor movement reformers have called for a rejection of the “servicing model” in favor of an “internal organizing” or “union-building” approach to revitalize dormant locals. (1999, 109) Form views American unions as interest groups that have developed from what was initially a social movement. In its early phases, the labor movement displayed the militant features of protest movements.
It is important to realize that union members engage in few spontaneous political or economic actions. They are members of a bureaucratized organization. , unauthorized) strikes. Economic job actions, including strikes, are thoroughly planned and systematically implemented. Similarly, members' political action occurs overwhelmingly in response to recruitment by union leaders. Chapter 6 explores this relationship in detail. The political activities in which unions involve their members—for example, get-out-the-vote drives, making campaign contributions, and writing or phoning voters—are all well within the traditional interest group repertoire.
American Labor Unions in the Electoral Arena by Herbert B. Asher, Eric S. Heberlig, Randall B. Ripley