Rekindling the Movement

Rekindling the Movement

Labor's Quest for Relevance in the 21st Century

From gloomy times in the 1980s, the American labor movement has returned to apparent prominence through the efforts of a new generation of energetic and progressive leaders. A distinguished group of authors examines this resurgence and the potential of American unions with sympathetic yet critical eyes. Experts from a wide variety of disciplines—industrial relations, political science, economics, and sociology—identify the central developments, analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the new initiatives, and assess the progress made and the prospects for the future. Though all agree on the importance of unions, their opinions of the success of current renewal efforts diverge greatly.

The interdisciplinary and comparative approach of Rekindling the Movement is both challenging and enlightening. Rather than merely trumpeting pet opinions, contributors provide hard evidence and causal analysis, grounded in realistic perspectives, to back up suggestions for the improvement of the new labor movement. Their straightforward observations about what is and is not possible, what does and does not work, will be of great practical value for policymakers and union leaders.

Harry C. Katz

Cornell University
Harry C. Katz is Jack Sheinkman Professor and Director of the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution at the ILR School, Cornell University. He is coauthor of The Transformation of American Industrial Relations and Converging Divergences and coeditor of Rekindling the Movement, all from Cornell, among many other books.

Prize Winner of the 2002 Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History (American Philosophical Society)

An Introduction to U.S. Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations
Harry C. Katz, Thomas A. Kochan, Alexander J. S. Colvin, Alexander J.S. Colvin
This comprehensive textbook provides an introduction to collective bargaining and labor relations with a focus on developments in the United States. It is appropriate for students, policy analysts, and labor relations professionals including...



Labor Relations in a Globalizing World
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This is the first textbook to focus on the workplace outcomes of the production of goods and services in emerging countries.



Converging Divergences
Worldwide Changes in Employment Systems
Harry C. Katz, Owen Darbishire
Exploring recent changes in employment practices in seven industrialized countries (Australia, Britain, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden, and the United States) and in two essential industries (automobile and telecommunications), Harry C. Katz and Owen...



The Transformation of American Industrial Relations
Thomas A. Kochan, Harry C. Katz, Robert B. McKersie





Contributions:

The New Structure of Labor Relations
Tripartism and Decentralization
Contributors from eight industrialized countries examine the changing nature of labor-management relations, with a particular focus on the role of tripartism and the decentralization of collective bargaining.