American Labor Unions in the Electoral Arena by Herbert B. Asher, Eric S. Heberlig, Randall B. Ripley

By Herbert B. Asher, Eric S. Heberlig, Randall B. Ripley

Are modern U.S. exertions unions inappropriate, or in reality a altering strength to be reckoned with as they develop right into a new economic climate in a globalized the US? Is the present political strength exercised by means of U.S. exertions unions extra resembling the social pursuits of the sixties or the curiosity politics of the nineties? After profitable the presidency of the AFL-CIO in 1995, John Sweeney and his colleagues have taken strides to make exertions extra vital within the usa economically and politically, regardless of decreased club. right here, 4 authors come jointly to survey the prestige of work unions prior, current, and destiny, nationally in addition to during the microcosm of the exertions state of affairs in Ohio, one of many biggest, such a lot consultant, and such a lot electorally major states within the country.
The authors specialise in union club, management, political attitudes, recommendations, and grassroots mobilization to color an image of union revitalization in a context of financial and social switch. American hard work nonetheless wields clout on Election Day, yet union revitalization is a piece in growth. For unions to topic each day to their contributors and leaders, they have to consolidate their monetary bases and upward thrust to the demanding situations rigorously documented during this e-book.

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Herbert Asher, Randall Ripley, and Karen Snyder began collecting original data on Ohio in 1990, both through interviews with union leaders in the state and through designing and analyzing surveys following the elections of 1990 and 1992. These surveys included a sample of union members and a separate sample of the general population. ] Snyder also designed and conducted focus groups for union members. Eric Heberlig joined the project in time to play a central role in designing, implementing, and analyzing the Ohio surveys we did after the 1994 and 1996 elections.

The United Auto Workers left the AFL-CIO in 1968 and rejoined fifteen years later. The AFL-CIO expelled the Teamsters in 1957 for corruption. It rejoined the AFL-CIO thirty years later. The United Mine Workers left the CIO in 1942 and rejoined the AFL-CIO in 1989. Even though formally rejoining the federation, both the UAW and the Teamsters have remained even more independent than most of the other international unions in the federation. There are also some other international unions not affiliated with the AFL-CIO.

Organizing and collective bargaining give us the membership strength to be effective in the political arena. Other studies make the point that unions have to make a tradeoff when they allocate resources to organizing activity and to political activity (Delaney, Fiorito, and Masters 1988; P. Johnson 1991). Union leaders at all levels have to choose among a variety of political issues on which to lobby and political campaigns on which to work and the pursuit of basic economic goals. Neither their time, nor the time and attention of union members, nor the money necessary to facilitate the achievement of various economic and political goals is unlimited.

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