Striking a Balance,
John W. Budd
Winner (1st ed.) -- 2005 "Texty" Textbook Excellence Award !
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This textbook presents labor relations as a system for striking a balance between the employment relationship goals of efficiency, equity, and voice, and between the rights of labor and management. It is important to examine these goals to discover what motivates contemporary U.S. labor relations processes, and to evaluate whether these processes remain effective in the 21st century. What are the differing assumptions (such as whether labor markets are competitive) that underlie alternative mechanisms for achieving efficiency, equity, and voice? Why is a balance important? These questions provide the framework for analyzing the existing processes-especially organizing, bargaining, dispute resolution, and contract administration-as well as the major issues facing these processes-particularly, the need for workplace flexibility, employee empowerment, and labor-management partnerships in the context of globalization. Another recurring theme is that the current processes are one option for balancing workplace objectives and rights, but that this system is under fire from many directions. The book therefore concludes with chapters to promote reflection on the strengths and weaknesses of the current system and the possibilities for reform. This material includes a comparative examination of labor relations systems from other countries and a consideration of varied U.S. reform proposals that include changes in union and corporate behavior as well as public policies.
NEW TO THE FOURTH EDITION
The particular emphases of the revisions for this fourth edition are engagement with new events, pressures, and ideas as well as enhanced integration across chapters and additional clarity of specific topics identified by the reviewers. In various places in this new edition, issues raised by the Occupy movement, protests over proposals to change public sector bargaining laws in Wisconsin and elsewhere, and the increase in lockouts are incorporated. New sections on union political contributions and on labor relations in China have been added, the importance of financialization for labor relations has been introduced, and the controversy over the NLRB's employee rights poster is noted. Updated statistics appear throughout the text. Also included is overdue recognition of Frances Perkins's contributions to the New Deal. Some passages have been re-written to reflect new developments and to improve clarity. Lastly, the footnotes have been replaced by endnotes in order to improve readability, but the extensive noting of source material remains so that students can easily explore issues in more detail as needed and as desired.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Part I: Foundations
Chapter 1: Contemporary Labor Relations: Objectives, Practices, and Challenges
Chapter 2: Labor Unions: Good or Bad?
Part II: The U.S. New Deal Industrial Relations System
Chapter 3: Historical Development
Chapter 4: Labor Law
Chapter 5: Labor and Management: Strategies, Structures, and Constraints
Chapter 6: Union Organizing
Chapter 7: Bargaining
Chapter 8: Impasse, Strikes, and Dispute Resolution
Chapter 9 Contract Clauses and Their Administration
Part III: Issues for the 21st Century
Chapter 10: Flexibility, Empowerment, and Partnership
Chapter 11: Globalization
Part IV: Reflection
Chapter 12: Comparative Labor Relations
Chapter 13: What Should Labor Relations Do?
The National Labor Relations Act
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
A Sample NLRB Decision
Collective Bargaining Simulation: The Zinnia and Service Workers Local H-56
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©2013 / Hardcover / 576 pages
|A Chinese translation published by China Machine Press is also available. The translation team included Professor Naiji Sun, Professor Guilan Yu, Professor Nan Yu, and Mi Yu, all of Jilin University.|