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Rekindling the Movement
Labor's Quest for Relevance in the 21st Century
Lowell Turner (Editor); Harry C. Katz (Editor); Richard W. Hurd (Editor)


Paper, 2001 ISBN: 978-0-8014-8712-5
$ 23.95   £18.50

From gloomy times in the 1980s, the American labor movement has returned to apparent prominence through the efforts of a new generation of energetic and progressive leaders. A distinguished group of authors examines this resurgence and the potential of American unions with sympathetic yet critical eyes. Experts from a wide variety of disciplines-industrial relations, political science, economics, and sociology-identify the central developments, analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the new initiatives, and assess the progress made and the prospects for the future. Though all agree on the importance of unions, their opinions of the success of current renewal efforts diverge greatly. The interdisciplinary and comparative approach of Rekindling the Movement is both challenging and enlightening. Rather than merely trumpeting pet opinions, contributors provide hard evidence and causal analysis, grounded in realistic perspectives, to back up suggestions for the improvement of the new labor movement. Their straightforward observations about what is and is not possible, what does and does not work, will be of great practical value for policymakers and union leaders. Contributors Kate Bronfenbrenner, Cornell University Gary Chaison, Clark University Dorothy Sue Cobble, Rutgers University Lance Compa, Cornell University Bill Fletcher, AFL?CIO Amy Foerster, Center for Urban Research Charles Heckscher, Rutgers University Richard Hurd, Cornell University Paul Johnston, The Citizenship Project Tom Juravich, University of Massachusetts, Amherst Harry Katz, Cornell University Jill Kriesky, West Virginia University Ruth Milkman, UCLA Eric Parker, University of Wisconsin Joel Rogers, University of Wisconsin James Shoch, Dartmouth College Lowell Turner, Cornell University Kent Wong, UCLA

About the Author
Lowell Turner, Harry Katz, and Richard Hurd are Professors in the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. Turner's many books include Fighting for Partnership and Democracy at Work, both from Cornell. Harry C. Katz is Dean of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, where he is Jack Sheinkman Professor of Collective Bargaining. He is the author of several books and the editor of Telecommunications: Restructuring Work and Employment Relations Worldwide, also from Cornell. Hurd is Director of the Labor Studies Program and coeditor of two books from Cornell, including Organizing to Win.

Subject Areas
American Studies
Industrial and Labor Relations
Political Science / U.S. & Canada