Rights, Not Interests

Rights, Not Interests

Resolving Value Clashes under the National Labor Relations Act

This provocative book by the leading historian of the National Labor Relations Board offers a reexamination of the NLRB and the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) by applying internationally accepted human rights principles as standards for judgment. These new standards challenge every orthodoxy in U.S. labor law and labor relations. James A. Gross argues that the NLRA was and remains at its core a workers’ rights statute.

Gross shows how value clashes and choices between those who interpret the NLRA as a workers’ rights statute and those who contend that the NLRA seeks only a "balance" between the economic interests of labor and management have been major influences in the evolution of the board and the law. Gross contends, contrary to many who would write its obituary, that the NLRA is not dead. Instead he concludes with a call for visionary thinking, which would include, for example, considering the U.S. Constitution as a source of workers’ rights. Rights, Not Interests will appeal to labor activists and those who are trying to reform our labor laws as well as scholars and students of management, human resources, and industrial relations.

James A. Gross

Cornell University
James A. Gross is Professor of Labor Relations, Law, and History at the ILR School, Cornell University. He is the author of A Shameful Business and editor of Workers’ Rights as Human Rights, both from Cornell.


A Shameful Business
The Case for Human Rights in the American Workplace
James A. Gross
This book encourages a bold new vision for workers, whether organized or not, that would signify a radical rethinking of social values and the concept of workplace rights and justice in the courtroom, the boardroom, and on the shop floor.



Teachers on Trial
Values, Standards, and Equity in Judging Conduct and Competence
James A. Gross
Teachers on Trial is a study of 260 case decisions in New York State which tenured teachers were charged with incompetence or conduct unbecoming a professional. The author analyzes what, in the deciders' opinion, constituted conduct unbecoming and...





Contributions:

Human Rights in Labor and Employment Relations
International and Domestic Perspectives
The concept of human rights at work has advanced significantly in the last decade. The authors of the essays in Human Rights in Labor and Employment Relations focus in various ways on how the promotion and protection of human rights at workplaces here...



Workers' Rights as Human Rights
Until recently, the international human rights movement and nongovernmental organizations, human rights scholars, and even labor organizations and advocates have given little attention to worker rights as human rights. James A. Gross finds, however...