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Union organizing for workplace democracy

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This fascinating book brings together research findings from a range of disparate studies conducted under the umbrella of the African Workers' Participation Development Programme (APADEP). APADEP was established over twenty years ago and was designed to educate trade unions in worker participation. A huge amount of research into participation in both the formal and informal sectors has been conducted and supported by APADEP in Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The book seeks to consolidate much of the research conducted through APADEP, and in doing so provides ...
At its peak in 1923, the organization claimed some 100,000 members in good standing, and could marshal the support of perhaps 300,000 workers. Its membership declined dramatically after a 1924 split brought on by internal conflict. IWW membership does not require that one work in a represented workplace, nor does it exclude membership in another labor union. The IWW contends that all workers should be united as a class and that the wage system should be abolished. They may be best known for the Wobbly Shop model of workplace democracy , in which workers elect recallable delegates, and other norms of grassroots democracy ( ...
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Business unionism vs workplace democracy? « NewUnionism's Blog
Wanda Pasz, the author of the article featured below, is a 30 year veteran of North America’s labour-management system. She has worked as both a union and management representative and a labour relations mediator – and is currently a writer and researcher on workplace issues. What she says will be dismissed by those who believe unions can do no wrong. Fair enough… she’d dismiss them as well. However I recommend this article to everybody else. You may feel, as I do, that Ms Pasz overstates her case. For instance, there are many unionists who support the workplace democracy agenda  – in fact the New Unionism ... market research, surveys and trends
[Europe Solidaire Sans Frontières] Book Review: Solidarity Divided
Fletcher and Gapasin argue that the the labor movement needs a complete overhaul in order to be the engine of a movement for broader social change. In the preface to Solidarity Divided Bill Fletcher and Fernando Gapasin tell of an encounter between Service Employees (SEIU) leaders and South African unionists. A South African reminds the SEIUers that a union’s role is to represent the interests of all workers. “There are times,” he says, “when the interests of the working class conflict with the interests of the members of our respective unions.” Fletcher and Gapasin use this moment to illustrate one ... market research, surveys and trends

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In 2006 hedge-fund manager James Simons took home $1.7 billion. Two other hedge fund managers made more than $1 billion. The top 25 combined made $14 billion. NY Times, April 2007 From then until 2008, average executive pay in Britain, as in America, rose sharply . see The Economist, September 2009. In Africa 174 children out of 1000 still fail to reach the age of five. J. Micklethwait and A Wooldridge, writers on globalisation, 2000 Over the past decade, the number of households in the United States with a private jet has doubled, to more than 50,000. Council on International and Public Affairs , 2007 A quarter of the ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Why We Need EFCA | The American Prospect
Despite its paltry membership, the U.S. labor movement remains the nation's most potent force for progressive change and the most effective vehicle for electing Democrats. Three weeks before the November election, The New York Times Magazine ran a cover story that asked, "Will Gun-Toting, Churchgoing White Guys Pull the Lever for Obama?" When the polls closed, the question was answered: Nationwide, white men, white women, working-class whites, white gun owners, and white weekly churchgoers supported McCain by wide margins. But a significant number of whites in each category broke ranks and voted for Obama -- enough to help ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
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Union involvement in workplace decision making: Implications for ...
union democracy by demands for "cooperation" and workplace involvement. ...... tating union organizing in Canada has enabled the CAW to add members over the ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence - BREAKING SILENCE:
need unions; (2) obstacles to organizing and (3) possible courses of action when .... laws to protect workers who speak out, workplace democracy is all too ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Union Organizing - A General Guide - Institute for Research on ...
This bibliography provides a list of journal articles, books and Internet sites that will help researchers gain a general sense of labor literature. Many of the materials cited here will include their own bibliographies, which should also be consulted. Looseleaf publications of the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (BNA) contain many laws and regulations along with related case law about union matters, and are ...
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Google Answers: Globalisation, MNC influencing workplace relation ...
"Globalization enhances competitiveness, both at the level of the firm and at the level of the nation. As observed in China, Malaysia, and Korea, this leads management and the state to adopt strategies designed to increase labor effectiveness to the benefit of capital. However, the effect of globalization on industrial relations procedures and substantive outcomes is contingent. Pressure for greater flexibility in the use of labor is ubiquitous, but the outcome is constrained by cultural norms valuing hierarchy and security. State strategies vary by historical circumstance, resource endowments, and internal political dynamics, ...
What are the pros and cons of Workers Unions? - Yahoo! Answers
Say if you've got a thousand employees its easier to have one agreement for all rather than a thousand individual agreements. Asker's Rating: Asker's Comment: I guess the next question then would be... how to go about starting one. There are currently no comments for this question. * You must be logged into Answers to add comments. Sign in or Register . I'm too biased. I come from a long line of union workers, many of whom got their heads stoved-in while fighting for workplace rights we now take for granted. The labor movement has been dormant for a long time, thanks to that worthless Lane Kirkland. ...