Are contemporary U.S. labor unions irrelevant, or in fact a changing force to be reckoned with as they grow into a new economy in a globalized America? Is the current political power exercised by U.S. labor unions more akin to the social movements of the sixties or the interest politics of the nineties? After winning the presidency of the AFL-CIO in 1995, John Sweeney and his colleagues have taken strides to make labor more important in the United States economically and politically, despite reduced membership. Here, four authors come together to survey the status of labor unions past, present, and future, nationally as well as through the microcosm of the labor situation in Ohio, one of the largest, most representative, and most electorally significant states in the country.The authors focus on union membership, leadership, political attitudes, strategies, and grassroots mobilization to paint a picture of union revitalization in a context of economic and social change. American labor still wields clout on Election Day, but union revitalization is a work in progress.
For unions to matter every day to their members and leaders, they must consolidate their economic bases and rise to the challenges carefully documented in this book.
Herbert B. Asher is professor emeritus of political science at the Ohio State University and serves as counselor to the university president. Eric S. Heberlig is assistant professor of political science at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. Randall B. Ripley is dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and professor of political science at the Ohio State University. Karen Snyder is the president of The Strategy Team, Ltd., a public opinion research firm.
Chapter 1 American Labor Unions and Politics: An Introduction Chapter 2 The Changing Face of Labor Unions Chapter 3 Members' Attitudes toward Unions and Politics Chapter 4 Traditional Political Strategy Chapter 5 Political Strategy in the Sweeney Era Chapter 6 Union Political Activists Chapter 7 Election Day Outcomes Chapter 8 Challenges and Opportunities for Organized Labor Chapter 9 Appendix A: Research Design Chapter 10 Appendix B: The Ohio Union Surveys Chapter 11 Apprenix C: Variable Measurements: Ohio Union Surveys Chapter 12 References Chapter 13 List of Figures Chapter 14 List of Tables
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