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Title Trade unions in renewal : a comparative study / edited by Peter Fairbrother and Charlotte Yates
Published London ; New York : Continuum, [2003]


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Description xiii, 287 pages ; 24 cm
Series Employment and work relations in context series
Employment and work relations in context.
Contents 1. Unions in crisis, unions in renewal? / Peter Fairbrother -- 2. The American labour movement and the resurgence in union organizing / Kate Bronfenbrenner -- 3. You just can't do it automatically: the transition to social movement unionism in the United States / Kim Voss and Rachel Sherman -- 4. Trade union innovation, adaptation and renewal in Australia: still searching for the holy membership grail / Gerard Griffin, Rai Small and Stuart Svensen -- 5. A near death experience: one union fights for life / Belinda Probert and Peter Ewer -- 6. From organizational breadth to depth? New Zealand's trade unions under the Employment Contracts Act / Pat Walsh and Aaron Crawford -- 7. A story of crisis and change: the service and food workers union of Aotearoa / Sarah Oxenbridge -- 8. The dilemmas of social partnership and union organization: questions for British trade unions / Peter Fairbrother and Paul Stewart -- 9. Rhetoric and reality: the adoption of the organizing model in manufacturing, science and finance / Bob Carter -- 10. Strategic dilemma: the state of union renewal in Canada / Pradeep Kumar and Gregor Murray -- 11. The revival of industrial unions in Canada: the extension and adaptation of industrial union practices to the new economy / Charlotte A. B. Yates -- 12. Social movement unionism: beyond the oprganizing model / Christopher Schenk -- 13. Globalization, trade union organization and workers' rights / Huw Beynon
Summary For years, unions in Anglo-American countries have suffered stagnant or declining memberships. They have experienced diminishing political and economic influence and many are going through crises in the representation of members. During the 1990s a number of union labor federations began to debate these problems. Aimed at rebuilding memberships and restoring their political and economic strength, unions and labor federations have experimented with a host of new ideas and practices. These center on organizing the unorganized, internal reorganization, and membership mobilization. Trade Unions in Renewal brings together a series of special studies of union renewal from five different countries; United States, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Canada. Although unions across the five countries have all been influenced by recent debates surrounding the organizing model, several unions and the five national federations have charted their own course of renewal. These range from internal union democratization and membership mobilization to new partnership models with employers and governments
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Labor unions.
Labor unions -- United States.
Labor unions -- Commonwealth countries.
Comparative industrial relations.
Author Fairbrother, Peter.
Yates, Charlotte A. B.
LC no. 2002071588
ISBN 0826454364
0826454372 paperback