What Workers Want

TitleWhat Workers Want
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsFreeman, R., and Rogers, J.
PublisherCornell University Press
CityIthaca, NY
KeywordsCornell University, government, labor, management, regulation, union, workplace

How would a typical American workplace be structured if the employees could design it? According to Richard B. Freeman and Joel Rogers, it would be an organization run jointly by employees and their supervisors, one where disputes between labor and management would be resolved through independent arbitration. Their groundbreaking book provides a comprehensive account of employees' attitudes about participation, representation, and regulation on the job.

For the updated edition, the authors have added an introduction showing how recent data have confirmed and strengthened their basic argument. A new concluding chapter lays out the model of "open source unionism" that they propose for rebuilding unionism in the United States, making this updated edition essential for anyone thinking about what labor should be doing to move forward. (publisher's statement)