Labor Studies Journal

Labor Studies Journal
Volume 28, Number 2, Summer 2003


Contents

Articles

    Bussel, Robert, 1951-
  • Taking on "Big Chicken": The Delmarva Poultry Justice Alliance
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    Subject Headings:
    • Delmarva Poultry Justice Alliance.
    • Poultry industry -- Employees -- Labor unions -- Delmarva Peninsula.
    Abstract:
      Although efforts to organize workers in the new economy have attracted considerable scholarly and media attention, significant battlegrounds remain in old-economy industries that have successfully resisted union penetration. Unions have been employing new strategies in their attempts to recruit workers in those unorganized sectors. This case study analyzes one such initiative, the Delmarva Poultry Justice Alliance (DPJA), an innovative labor-community coalition that is supporting union organizing in the nation's expanding poultry industry. DPJA's experiences illustrate some of the challenges unions face in entering alliances guided by a community organizing approach and offer significant insights into how enduring labor-community coalitions can be developed. Its experience also illuminates the current debate over the extent to which internal union culture must change in order for organizing to succeed, and suggests how labor-community coalitions can influence union strategy.
    Lafer, Gordon.
  • Graduate Student Unions: Organizing in a Changed Academic Economy
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    Subject Headings:
    • Graduate teaching assistants -- Labor unions -- United States.
    • Labor unions and education -- United States.
    Abstract:
      The past few years have witnessed a dramatic boom in organizing among academic employees, particularly graduate student teachers. This movement has come in response to trends toward corporatization of higher education over the past twenty years, trends including casualization of teaching staff, commercialization of research, and commodification of instruction. The graduate student movement won an important victory in 2001 when the NLRB recognized the employee status of teaching assistants on private sector campuses. Administrators are now working to undo this precedent and hoping for help from a Bush Labor Board. Graduate student successes have helped spur increased organizing among adjunct instructors and faculty. As we look to the near future, the central question is whether the union movement will be able to reverse the trends of corporatization that threaten to fundamentally reshape American universities.
    Bodah, Matthew M. (Matthew Michael)
    Ludlam, Steve, 1951-
    Coates, David.
  • The Development of an Anglo-American Model of Trade Union and Political Party Relations
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    Subject Headings:
    • Labor unions -- United States.
    • Labor unions -- Great Britain.
    • Political parties -- United States.
    • Political parties -- Great Britain.
    Abstract:
      In this article we offer an historical and comparative view of trade union and political party relations in the United States and Great Britain. Using our own typology of union/party linkages, we trace the development of ties between the labor movements and political parties in both countries from the beginning of the 20th century, when both labor movements turned to political action to gain relief from hostile court decisions; through the mid-20th century, when relations were particularly strong; to the present where unions have a favored, but not central, role in party policymaking. Today, the Labour and Democratic parties protect the institutional viability of unions, but often adopt policies corrosive of the unions' aims. We believe the current state-of-affairs is explained by a retreat from the Keynesian assumptions that underpinned relations in the mid-20th century and a change in electoral strategy that de-emphasizes class-based alliances.

Innovations

Book Reviews

    Mason, George P.
  • The Shadow Welfare State: Labor, Business and the Politics of Health Care in the United States (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Gottschalk, Marie. Shadow welfare state: labor, business and the politics of health care in the United States.
    • Labor unions and health insurance -- United States.
    Delp, Linda.
  • Disposable Domestics: Immigrant Women Workers in the Global Economy (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Chang, Grace, 1964- Disposable domestics: immigrant women workers in the global economy.
    • Women alien labor -- United States.
    Revitte, John L.
  • You Don't Always Get What You Pay For: The Economics of Privatization (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Sclar, Elliott. You don't always get what you pay for: the economics of privatization.
    • Privatization -- United States.
    Berry, Joe.
    Worthen, Helena.
  • Thinking Union: Activism and Education in Canada's Labour Movement, and: Education for Changing Unions (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Martin, D'Arcy, 1947- Thinking union: activism and education in Canada's labour movement.
    • Burke, Bev, 1943- Education for changing unions.
    • Labor unions -- Canada -- Political activity.
    • Labor unions and education -- Canada.
    Russo, John, 1946-
  • Black Workers Remember: An Oral History of Segregation, Unionism, and the Freedom Struggle, and: Race and Resistance: African Americans in the 21st Century (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Honey, Michael K. Black workers remember: an oral history of segregation, unionism, and the freedom struggle.
    • Boyd, Herb, 1938-, ed. Race and resistance: African Americans in the 21st century.
    • African Americans -- Employment -- History -- Sources.
    • African Americans -- Politics and government -- 21st century.
    Olson, Corliss.
  • The Union Member's Complete Guide: Everything you want--and need--to know about working union (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Mauer, Michael. Union member's complete guide: everything you want--and need--to know about working union.
    • Labor unions -- United States -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
    Nissen, Bruce, 1948-
  • Taking the High Road: Communities Organize for Economic Change (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Reynolds, David B., 1963- Taking the high road: communities organize for economic change.
    • Social justice -- United States.
    Ashby, Steven.
  • State of the Union: A Century of American Labor (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Lichtenstein, Nelson. State of the Union: a century of American labor.
    • Labor -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
    Cormier, David R.
  • Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Carrell, Michael R. Labor relations and collective bargaining.
    • Heavrin, Christina.
    • Collective labor agreements -- United States.
    Moss, Helen.
  • Doméstica: Immigrant Workers Cleaning and Caring in the Shadows of Affluence (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Hondagneu-Sotelo, Pierrette. Doméstica: immigrant workers cleaning and caring in the shadows of affluence.
    • Women domestics -- California -- Los Angeles Metropolitan Area.
    Ledbetter, Grainger.
  • Contesting the New South Order: The 1914-1915 Strike at Atlanta's Fulton Mills (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Kuhn, Cliff. Contesting the new South order: the 1914-1915 strike at Atlanta's Fulton Mills.
    • Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills Strike, Atlanta, Ga., 1914-1915 -- History.



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