By Herbert B. Asher, Eric S. Heberlig, Randall B. Ripley
Are modern U.S. hard work unions inappropriate, or in truth a altering strength to be reckoned with as they develop right into a new economic system in a globalized the USA? Is the present political strength exercised by way of U.S. exertions unions extra similar to the social pursuits of the sixties or the curiosity politics of the nineties? After successful 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 lowered 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 scenario in Ohio, one of many biggest, such a lot consultant, and so much electorally major states within the country.
The authors specialise in union club, management, political attitudes, suggestions, and grassroots mobilization to color an image of union revitalization in a context of monetary and social swap. American exertions nonetheless wields clout on Election Day, yet union revitalization is a piece in development. For unions to topic on a daily basis to their contributors and leaders, they need to consolidate their financial bases and upward thrust to the demanding situations rigorously documented during this e-book.
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Gary C. Jacobson (1999) showed that labor's 1996 spending was highly effective in helping to defeat some targeted Republican freshmen in the House, but did not have the same impact on senior Republican incumbents. Of forty-four targeted Republican freshmen, twelve were defeated and Jacobson argues that labor's efforts made the difference in seven of those twelve races. Labor's activities and spending would have been even more effective had the Democratic Party been able to recruit a larger number of qualified challengers.
Thus, we will characterize organized labor as an interest group. But it is essential to realize that not all interest groups look the same. In the case of organized labor, it is important to note that it continues to play an important role in building coalitions on issues that go well beyond the immediate interests of its members. In comparative terms, organized labor should in no way be confused with the National Rifle Association or the National Abortion Rights League or the thousands of interest groups, great and small, that are single or special interest groups.
Several major international unions were not affiliated with the AFL-CIO at all for a number of years. 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.
American Labor Unions in the Electoral Arena by Herbert B. Asher, Eric S. Heberlig, Randall B. Ripley