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The Changing Role of Unions: New Forms of Representation
Edited by: Phanindra V. Wunnava

Noteworthy Book in Industrial Relations and Labor Economics, 2004, Princeton University, Firestone Library, Industrial Relations Section

Cloth ISBN: 978-0-7656-1237-3 Paper ISBN: Not Available
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Information: 424pp. Tables, figures, references, index.
Publication Date: August 2004.  


Description: 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:

Figures, Tables, and Appendices
Series Editor's Foreword, Daniel J.B. Mitchell
I. Unions and New Constituents
1. The Road to Union Renascence in the United States, Richard B. Freeman
2. Justice for Janitors in Los Angeles and Beyond: A New Form of Unionism in the Twenty-first Century?, Christopher L. Erickson, Catherine Fisk, Ruth Milkman, Daniel J.B. Mitchell, and Kent Wong
II. Lessons from the 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
III. Union Wage and Employment Effects: U.S. Evidence
5. Measuring Union and Nonunion Wage Growth: Puzzles in Search of Solutions, Barry T. Hirsch, David A. Macpherson, and Edward J. Schumacher
6. Union-Nonunion Wage Differentials and Macroeconomic Activity, Bradley T. Ewing and Phanindra V. Wunnava
IV. Union Wage and Employment Effects: International Evidence
7. Collective Bargaining, Relative Wages and Employment: International Microeconomic Evidence, Francine D. Blau and Lawrence M. Kahn
8. Trade Unions and International Competition, Sarah Brown and John G. Sessions
V. Desire to Unionize and Union Impact on Workplace Practices and Performance
9. The Desire for Unionization, HRM Practices and Coworkers: UK Evidence, Clive R. Belfield and John S. Heywood
10. Unions and Establishment Performance: Evidence from the British Workplace Industrial/Employee Relations Surveys, John T. Addison and Clive R. Belfield
VI. U.S. Union Organizing: Any Hope for a Rebound?
11. Can Increased Organizing Reverse the Decline of Unions in the United States? Lessons from the Last Quarter-Century, Henry S. Farber and Bruce Western
12. What Can We Learn about the Decline in U.S. Union Membership from International Data?, Solomon W. Polachek
Major Themes
Name Index
Subject Index

Comment(s): "Is unionism in the U.S. headed toward extinction, becoming the realm of paleontologists, as one of the authors in this ... volume speculates? Perhaps; but the studies included show that there are still many interesting questions that economists can analyze usefully. The essays on union growth and decline in the U.S. and in international perspective are especially important." -- Daniel S. Hamermesh, University of Texas at Austin

Review(s): "Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through faculty labor studies collections." -- Choice

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