After just 15 years General Motors and the United Auto Workers abandoned their world famous and often copied union-management partnership to go back to their traditional national contract. What happened?
Two basic American labor laws the Wagner Act and the
Landrum-Griffin Act give workers the right to form unions
and some tools to try to keep those unions honest. But some are
dissatisfied with how the laws work.
A classic study of dissatisfied workers turning out products
with major flaws.
When New York City emerged from bankruptcy, all its municipal
unions wanted to make up for the hard times they'd suffered.
The problem was that the city was almost broke.
Hard times in North America's rust belt changed an old union
tradition. Instead of negotiating for more in each new contract,
the time came for a proud and progressive union to settle for
Are North American unions destined to fade away, or can the
unions reform in time to save themselves?
General Motors and the union created a new kind of working
relationship and a new kind of car company, from the ground up.
The U.S. steel industry was in deep trouble, and hundreds
of thousands of American steelworkers were out of a job. Then
the union came up with a proposal.
Management and labor sometimes find that working jointly isn't
Once, unionized workers were paid substantially more in wages
and benefits than non-union workers; but now the margin is smaller.
Are unions now an endangered social institution? Or can unions
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