For Labor To Build Upon For Labor To Build Upon

Wars, Depression and Pandemic

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Pub Date 02 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 02 Jun 2022

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One of the enduring legacies of the United States Civil War is that democracy in the workforce is an essential part of societal democracy. But the past century has seen a marked decline in the number of unionized employees, a trend that has increased with the rise of the internet and low-paying, gig-economy jobs that lack union protection. William B. Gould IV takes stock of this history and finds that unions, frequently providing inadequate energy and resources in organizing the unorganized, have a mixed record in dealing with many public-policy issues, particularly involving race. But Gould argues that unions, notwithstanding these failures, are still the best means to protect essential workers in health, groceries, food processing, agriculture, and the meatpacking industry, and that the law, when properly deployed, can be a remedy not only for trade union-employer relationships, but also for the ailments of democracy itself.

One of the enduring legacies of the United States Civil War is that democracy in the workforce is an essential part of societal democracy. But the past century has seen a marked decline in the number...


Advance Praise

‘In a period of increased approval of labor unions among American adults and increased income inequality between the rich and poor and black and white, the veteran labor lawyer, former NLRB chair and distinguished law professor, William B. Gould IV has advocated the need for more workplace democracy. To achieve this important goal, he has provided valuable insights for wide ranging labor law reform, but he has demonstrated that the labor movement is ossified and needs to become more serious about investing in organizing with the kind of financial commitment that was seen in the 1930’s to counter the militant opposition of management.’ Joel A. D’Alba, Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law 2013-14

‘In a period of increased approval of labor unions among American adults and increased income inequality between the rich and poor and black and white, the veteran labor lawyer, former NLRB chair and...


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