Labor Studies Journal

Labor Studies Journal
Volume 27, Number 4, Winter 2003


Contents

Interactive Forum

    Glass, Fred.
  • Amplifying the Voices of Workers: An Organizing Model for Labor Communications
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    Subject Headings:
    • Labor unions and mass media.
    • Communication in organizations.
    • Communication in management.
    Abstract:
      Today it is technologically and financially feasible for labor to develop its own forms of advanced media production and distribution. However, a major obstacle to effective labor communications is its reliance on corporate communications models. To serve labor's prime directives to organize and represent workers, unions need a different approach to communications; one based in assumptions explicitly opposed to corporate communications methods developed to serve corporate goals. New media technologies can and should be wedded to labor education goals to create an organizing model for labor communications.
    Pizzigati, Sam.
  • Communicating in Corporate America's America
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    Subject Headings:
    • Glass, Fred. Amplifying the voices of workers: an organizing model for labor communications.
    • Communication in management.
    • Communication in organizations.
    Kling, Howard.
  • Organizing Media: Toward a National Labor Communications Strategy
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    Subject Headings:
    • Glass, Fred. Amplifying the voices of workers: an organizing model for labor communications.
    • Labor unions and mass media.
    • Communication in management.

Articles

    Stanger, Howard.
  • The Decline of a Cooperative, Union Controlled Grievance Procedure: The Case of the Columbus Typographical Union, 1941-1992
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    Subject Headings:
    • International Typographical Union. No. 5 (Columbus, Ohio) -- History -- 20th century.
    • Grievance procedures -- Ohio -- Columbus -- History -- 20th century -- Case studies.
    Abstract:
      Between 1941 and 1992, the Columbus Typographical Union's grievance procedure underwent a change from a cooperative, union-controlled system with peer review as an important core feature, to one that became more adversarial and typical of industrial union procedures. Key factors outside the immediate employment relationship were largely responsible: the industrialization of Columbus, federal labor policy, technological changes, industry restructuring, and general changes in printing industry labor relations practices. Few unions had as much shopfloor power as the typographers; few union members enjoyed more democratic rights in the workplace. Despite this, the union suffered tremendous losses. Thus, for unions, this case study shows that cooperation with management in unstable, changing social environments can be a very risky undertaking, especially if they do not pay proper attention to their larger environment.
    Lund, John.
    Wright, Christopher (Christopher Alec)
  • Building Union Power Through the Supply Chain: Mapping Opportunities and Jurisdictional Boundaries in Grocery Distribution
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    Subject Headings:
    • Grocery trade -- Employees -- Labor unions -- United States.
    • Business logistics -- Contracting out -- United States.
    • Labor unions -- Jurisdictional disputes -- United States.
    Abstract:
      The trend towards increasing integration within the grocery supply chain is identified and its implications for trade union organizing explored. While offering greater efficiencies and reduced costs for employers, supply chain integration may also offer unions a new lever for organizing. The article outlines a methodology for mapping union coverage and highlights potential impediments to union organizing such as contracting out and jurisdictional disputes. Unions need to adopt a strategic approach to organizing and the early resolution of jurisdictional conflicts in order to take full advantage of current changes within the grocery supply chain.
    Cohen, Isaac, 1946-
  • The Caterpillar Labor Dispute and the UAW, 1991-1998
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    Subject Headings:
    • International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America -- History -- 20th century.
    • Caterpillar Inc. -- History -- 20th century.
    • Strikes and lockouts -- Construction equipment industry -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
    • Labor unions -- Jurisdictional disputes -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
    Abstract:
      The United Auto Workers (UAW) and the Caterpillar Corporation (Cat) engaged in one of the longest and most contentious labor disputes of the 1990s. This article analyzes the dispute, shows how the UAW retreated from two major strikes over the course of the decade, how the Cat workers displayed a great deal of militancy during the struggle, how the union fought the legal battle, and how the Cat workers eventually achieved a contract.

Audi-Visual Shelf

    Schwartz, Chuck.
  • Your Work: Keepin' It Safe, and: Teens: The Hazards We face in the Workplace (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • University of California, Los Angeles. Institute of Industrial Relations. Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program. Your work: keepin' it safe [video]
    • Massachusetts. Dept. of Public Health. Teens: the hazards we face in the workplace [video]
    • Industrial safety.
    Pattison, Mark.
  • Something to Hide (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • National Labor Committee for Education and Human Rights. Something to hide [video]
    • Crowing Rooster Arts (Firm)
    • Wal-Mart (Firm)
    Voos, Paula Beth Vogel.
  • Lost Futures: The Problem of Child Labor (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • American Federation of Teachers. International Affairs Dept. Lost futures: the problem of child labor [video]
    • Child labor -- Study and teaching (Middle school)

Book Reviews

    Banks, Andy.
  • Transnational Labor Cooperation Among Labor Unions (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Gordon, Michael E., ed. Transnational labor cooperation among labor unions.
    • Turner, Lowell, ed.
    • Labor unions.
    Barbassa, Juliana.
  • Behind the Label: Inequality in the Los Angeles Apparel Industry, and: Voices from the Front Lines: Organizing Immigrant Workers in Los Angeles (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Bonacich, Edna. Behind the label: inequality in the Los Angeles apparel industry.
    • Appelbaum, Richard P.
    • Milkman, Ruth, 1954- Voices from the front lines: organizing immigrant workers in Los Angeles.
    • Wong, Kent.
    • Clothing trade -- California -- Los Angeles.
    • Alien labor -- Labor unions -- Organizing -- California -- Los Angeles.
    Berry, Joe.
  • The Politics of Faculty Unionization: The Experience of Three New England Universities, and: The Knowledge Factory: Dismantling the Corporate University and Creating True Higher Learning (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Arnold, Gordon B., 1954- Politics of faculty unionization: the experience of three New England universities.
    • Aronowitz, Stanley. Knowledge factory: dismantling the corporate university and creating true higher learning.
    • College teachers' unions -- New England -- Case studies.
    • Education, Higher -- Aims and objectives -- United States.
    Chong, Jun.
  • Temps: The Many Faces of the Changing Workforce (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Rogers, Jackie Krasas, 1965- Temps: the many faces of the changing workforce.
    • Part-time employment -- United States.
    Cochran, A. B.
  • After Capitalism: From Managerialism to Workplace Democracy, and: Global Capitalism versus Democracy: Socialist Register 1999 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Melman, Seymour. After capitalism: from managerialism to workplace democracy.
    • Panitch, Leo, ed. Global capitalism versus democracy: socialist register 1999.
    • Leys, Colin, ed.
    • Industrial management -- Employee participation -- United States.
    • Socialism.
    Kriesky, Jill.
  • Central Labor Councils and the Revival of American Unionism: Organizing for Justice in Our Communities (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Ness, Immanuel, ed. Central labor councils and the revival of American unionism: organizing for justice in our communities.
    • Eimer, Stuart, 1967-, ed.
    • Central labor councils -- United States -- Case studies.
    Nissen, Bruce, 1948-
  • The Making of NAFTA: How the Deal was Done (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Cameron, Maxwell A. Making of NAFTA: how the deal was done.
    • Tomlin, Brian W.
    • Free trade -- North America.
    Rundle, James Robert, 1949-
  • Labored Relations: Law, Politics and the NLRB--A Memoir (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Gould, William B. Labored relations: law, politics and the NLRB--a memoir.
    • Gould, William B.
    Turrini, Joseph M.
  • Sweatshops on Wheels: Winners and Losers in Trucking Deregulation (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Belzer, Michael H. Sweatshops on wheels: winners and losers in trucking deregulation.
    • Trucking -- Deregulation -- United States.
    Zullo, Roland.
  • American Labor Unions in the Electoral Arena (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Asher, Herbert B. American labor unions in the electoral arena.
    • Labor unions -- United States -- Political activity -- History.
    Thomas-Holladay, Diane.
  • Learning from Saturn: Possibilities for Corporate Governance and Employee Relations (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Rubinstein, Saul A. Learning from Saturn: possibilities for corporate governance and employee relations.
    • Kochan, Thomas A.
    • Saturn Corporation.



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