Lec outline union Growth and Decline 2.3.10

Lec outline union Growth and Decline 2.3.10 - H Katz Feb 3...

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H. Katz Feb. 3, 2010 Union Growth and Decline Lecture Outline I. Theories of union growth A. Business cycle influence 1. Union growth is generally procyclical, e.g., U.S. union membership 1860-1930, other countries, not true in the depression. 2. Why business cycle trend in union membership? Labor has more bargaining power during booms; cite Commons. B. Critical periods and events 1. Examples 1930s, World War II, 1960s (public sector). 2. Role of law, individuals (strong leaders such as Lewis and others during 1930s, particular events and social forces). II. Why the continuing decline in union representation after the late 1940s in the U.S.? -- see Exhibit 6-1. Note: There had been substantial U.S. union growth during the depression and World War II, and public sector union growth during the 1960s and 1970s. Explanations for the decline in percent organized in the U.S. after the late 1940s follow. A.
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