New in paperback. Hardcover was published in 1989.
The essential argument of this book is that the current crisis of US unions ought to be considered in terms of the local context of labor-management relations; that is, the communities in which men and women live and work. Whether by design or necessity, the structure of New Deal national labor legislation has sustained, and maintained, distinctive local labor-management practices. As the economies of American communities (and the world) have become highly interdependent, reflecting the evolution of corporate structure and trade between economies, unions movement can be traced to unions' dependence upon inter-community solidarity, a fragile democratic ideal which is often overwhelmed by economic imperatives operating at higher scales in other places. An important objective of Professor Clark in this work is to demonstrate the significance of the intersection between communities, unions, and institutions, in understanding the prospects for American unionism.
Table of Contents
List of tables
Part I. Economy and Community: 1. Crisis of
2. Understanding union growth and decline
Part II. Drama of Economic Restructuring: 3.
Communities and corporate location strategies
4. Rationing jobs within the union, between
Part III. Union Performance in Representation
Elections: 5. Democracy in the guise of
6. Organizing strategies in the heartland and
7. At the margin of the rules of the game
Part IV. Regulating Local Labor-management
Relations: 8. Integrity of the national labor
9. Options for restructuring the US economy
Part V. Prospects For Organized Labor: 10.
Republicans, Democrats, and the southern veto
11. Employment contracts without unions
12. Unions and communities unarmed