- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: November 2019
- Print publication year: 2019
- Online ISBN: 9781108610070
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108610070
Over the last fifty years in the United States, unions have been in deep decline, while income and wealth inequality have grown. In this timely work, editors Richard Bales and Charlotte Garden - with a roster of thirty-five leading labor scholars - analyze these trends and show how they are linked. Designed to appeal to those being introduced to the field as well as experts seeking new insights, this book demonstrates how federal labor law is failing today's workers and disempowering unions; how union jobs pay better than nonunion jobs and help to increase the wages of even nonunion workers; and how, when union jobs vanish, the wage premium also vanishes. At the same time, the book offers a range of solutions, from the radical, such as a complete overhaul of federal labor law, to the incremental, including reforms that could be undertaken by federal agencies on their own.
Lynn Rhineheart - Economic Policy Institute, and former general counsel, AFL-CIO
Steven Greenhouse - long-time labor journalist and author of Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor
Kate Bronfenbrenner - Cornell University
Wilma B. Liebman - former chairman, National Labor Relations Board, and professor, author, and advisor on labor law and workplace policy
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