Robust Unionism: Innovations in the Labor Movement

TitleRobust Unionism: Innovations in the Labor Movement
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1991
AuthorsShostak, A.
PublisherILR Press
CityIthaca, NY
Keywordsanti-unionism, collective bargaining, grassroots activism, labor unions, organizing, unionism

By examining labor union activities at the cutting edge, particularly at the grassroots level, Shostak provides a healthy corrective to the popular image that organized labor is all but moribund. Taking into account a wealth of novel experiments and innovative activities, he finds that organized labor is "robust," with a remarkable will to survive and the ability to flourish. Nevertheless, he cautions that trade unionism may still be overwhelmed by die-hard employer opposition, a hostile legal and legislative climate, lack of popular support, and internal conflicts over ends and means. This is a useful guide to how many unions function on a day-to-day basis in organizing workers and in collective bargaining. (from Library Journal)