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1 - Introduction

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 May 2022

William B. Gould IV
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Stanford University Law School
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In essence, democracy in the workplace and the promotion of trade union representation are central to the survival of a democratic society.4 As a labor lawyer, I tend to think that law has a special role to play in this process. Yet my experience derived from Washington and Sacramento, both as a scholar and a practicing lawyer, convinces me of the limits of law. Law is subordinate to other factors, including union devotion to resources, the necessary expenditures involved, and the creation of strategic tactics and vision in organizing the unorganized – as well as foreign competition, American investment abroad, and technological innovation. Law is subordinate and can only play a symbiotic role in the proper promotion of collective bargaining by a reorganized movement. Law, however worthy of reform, has never been the solution in the past and is unlikely to be so now.

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For Labor To Build Upon
Wars, Depression and Pandemic
, pp. 1 - 10
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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