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The changing role of unions

New forms of representation

Phanindra V. Wunnava

Armonk, N,: M.E. Sharpe, 2004 ISBN 0-7656-1237-2
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In this wide-ranging work leading labor economists analyze the future of unionism both in the United States and abroad. They agree that unionism in the traditional sense is declining, and there needs to be another form of representation. Incorporating cutting-edge research, they explore new forms of unionism modeling, highlight new constituents, and outline future directions for union organizing as well as nonunion programs promoting positive human resource management.

The contributors suggest that while the exact form of new employee institutions outside traditional unionism may be uncertain, they could provide large gains in satisfying worker demands for employee involvement. The book includes lessons learned from the success stories of union organizing around the globe as a springboard for similar efforts in the United States.

Selected Contents:
List of Tables, Figures, and Appendices
Series Editor's Foreword, Daniel J.B. Mitchell
Preface and Overview
Part I. Unions and New Constituents
1. The Road to Union Renascence in the US, Richard B. Freeman
2. Justice for Janitors in Los Angeles and Beyond: A New Form of Unionism in the 21st Century?, Christopher L. Erickson, Catherine Fisk, Ruth Milkman, Daniel J.B. Mitchell, and Kent Wong
Part II. Lessons from Past and New Frontiers in Modeling Unionism
3. The Two Faces of Unionism: Implications for Union Growth, Bruce E. Kaufman
4. The Experience Good Model of Trade Union Membership, Rafael Gomez and Morley Gunderson
Part III. Union Wage and Employment Effects: US Evidence
5. Measuring Union and Nonunion Wage Growth: Puzzles in Search of Solutions, Barry Hirsch, David Macpherson, and Edward Schumacher
6. Union-Nonunion Wage Differentials and Macroeconomic Activity, Bradley T. Ewing and Phanindra V. Wunnava
Part IV. Union Wage and Employment Effects: International Evidence
7. Collective Bargaining, Relative Wages and Employment: International Microeconomic Evidence, Francine Blau and Lawrence Kahn
8. Trade Unions and International Competition, Sarah Brown and John Sessions
Part V. Desire to Unionize and Union Impact on Workplace Practices and Performance
9. The Desire for Unionization, HRM Practices and Coworkers: UK Evidence, John Heywood and Clive Belfield
10. Unions and Establishment Performance: Evidence from the British Workplace Industrial/Employee Relations Surveys, John Addison and Clive Belfield
Part VI. U.S. Union Organizing: Any Hope for a Rebound?
11. Can Increased Organizing Reverse the Decline of Unions in the U.S. Lessons from the Last Quarter Century, Henry Farber and Bruce Western
12. What Can We Learn about the Decline in U.S. Union Membership from International Data?, Solomon W. Polachek
About the Contributors