American Workers, American Unions: The 20th Century (3rd Edition)

TitleAmerican Workers, American Unions: The 20th Century (3rd Edition)
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsZieger, R., and Gall, Gregor
PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press
CityBaltimore, MD
KeywordsAmerican workers, anti-unionism, labor movement, labor politics, labor unions, organizing, unionism

Provides a concise and compelling history of American workers and their unions in twentieth-century America. This new edition features new chapters on the pre–1920 period, as well as an entirely new final chapter that covers developments of the 1980s and 1990s in detail. There the authors explore how economic change, union stagnation, and antilabor policies have combined to erode workers' standards and labor's influence in the political arena over the last two decades. They review current "alternatives to unionism" as means of achieving fair workplace representations but insist that strong unions remain essential in a democratic society. They argue that labor's new responsiveness to the concerns of women, minority groups, and low-wage workers, as well as its resurgent political activism, offer new hope for trade unionism. Also included in this third edition is new bibliographical material and a regularly updated on-line link to an extended bibliographical essay. (publisher's statement)