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Description - Unions in America by Gary N. Chaison

Unions in America provides a concise and current introduction to what America's labor unions do and why they do it. In this engaging text, author Gary Chaison portrays America's unions as complex, self-governing organizations that are struggling to regain their lost membership, bargaining power, and political influence. This accessible textbook offers an impartial overview of American unions that ranges from the struggle for recognition from employers in their earliest years to their present-day difficulties. Key Features: - Provides a clear and unbiased view of unions, to present readers with an impartial perspective - Offers readers a current assessment of unions with recent examples and descriptions of emerging or continuing trends in organizing, collective bargaining, and political action - Provides a concise overview of unions that introduces readers to fundamental union activities without overwhelming them with too many details about alternative process, outcomes, and legal issues - Covers a wide-range of important topics such as the evolution of unions; union structure and growth; union government and administration; the union as bargaining agent; union political activities; proposals for union revival, and insight on the future of unions Unions in America is an excellent text for undergraduate and graduate students studying unions and labor relations in a variety of fields including Industrial Relations, Human Resource Management, Economics, and Sociology. It will also be a valuable resource for workers, managers, or anyone else looking for a foundation for understanding the state of unions in America.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780761930341
ISBN-10: 0761930345
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: SAGE Publications Inc
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Publish Date: 9-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Gary N. Chaison

In the summer of 2014, the international news media focused on a workers' dispute at Market Basket, a New England grocery chain. For two months, twenty-five thousand workers at the company's seventy-one stores and three warehouses had walked off their jobs, and customers helped them with a store-wide boycott. What captured international attention more than anything else was that this was the oddest "strike" ever (if it was even a strike at all); the workers, who were non-union, had left their jobs with only a single non-negotiable demand in mind-to have their boss, Arthur T. Demoulas, reinstated after he was fired as the company CEO by his cousin Arthur S. Demoulas. But the Market Basket dispute was much more than a family feud, a board room intrigue or an impasse in negotiations. The dispute was all about the non-union workers' struggle for what they saw as a 21st-century business plan under which the company would be high wage, low-price, high product variety and strongly customer-oriented-all this under the leadership of Arthur T. The only alternative was for the company to be continued to be led by Arthur S., Arthur T.'s cousin, and be concerned, first and foremost, with pleasing the stockholders by lowering operating costs and raising profits. This case shows how Anya Rzepinska, a lower-level manager at a Market Basket store, and her fellow workers took a tremendous risk by walking off jobs that paid so well and promised so much.

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