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SOC 313: Survey of Sociology of Work Monday, 20 September 2010 1 SURVEY OF SOCIOLOGY OF WORK soc 313 Instructor : Q UINCY E DWARDS Most important… Do take ownership of your education in this class by completing all reading and writing assignments on time and participating in on line discussions. Read each of the assigned textbook chapters before viewing the supplemental Powerpoint presentations. Laulima is the University of Hawai‘i on line course management system. Links to the discussion board and other salient features are provided at: https://laulima.hawaii.edu/ SOC 313: SURVEY OF SOCIOLOGY OF WORK Online Fall 2010 Instructor: Quincy Edwards PART II THE PERSONAL CONTEXT OF WORK THE SOCIAL ORGANIZATION OF WORK (4 TH ED.) CHAPTER 6 Collective Responses toWork …and other readings Chapter Outline… Why Do People Need Labor Organizations? An Outline of North American Labor History Twenty First Century Labor Unions
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SOC 313: Survey of Sociology of Work Monday, 20 September 2010 2 Why Do People Need Labor Organizations? Why Do People Need Labor Organizations? To bargain collectively over specific grievances: Inadequate wages and benefits. Work too rapidly paced. Unfair retention and promotion practices. Exclusion from decision making. Why Do People Need Labor Organizations? UNION MEMBERSHIP THESE WORKERS ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE UNION WORKERS THAN THESE WORKERS Workers in transportation, government, manufacturing, mining, construction Workers in trade and services. Manual workers Other workers Workers 25 yrs. and over Younger workers Men Women Black workers Whites, Hispanics,Asians Full time workers Part time workers Why Do People Need Labor Organizations? UNION MEMBERSHIP ( CONTINUED ) Unions’ most important mechanism — workers air grievances and make demands. Unions impact work in modern society far beyond their own membership. Most local unions — part of larger national union. National EducationAssociation (NEA) — Over two million members. International Brotherhood ofTeamsters — Almost 1.3 million members. Why Do People Need Labor Organizations? The next slide shows an excerpt from a November 1999 issue of A SOCIALIST NEWSWEEKLY PUBLISHED IN THE INTERESTS OF WORKING PEOPLE Why Do People Need Labor Organizations? Truckers expand walkout to win union rights BY MIKE ITALIE Vol.63/No.40 November 15, 1999 (Front Page) ATLANTA — The Teamsters union strike at Overnite Transportation is growing stronger, as more workers join the picket lines. The fight at Overnite is one of the largest union organizing drives in the United States today. Other unionists are helping picket the trucking company. In St. Louis,40 year Teamster Sam Grosbaueremphasized, "I may be retired, but I'm not dead. I am trying to help the strikers at Overnite , picketing from six to eight hours every day." Grosbauerworked for Holland Motor Express. He pointed out, "You could tell with the UPS strike [in 1997] that people are getting tired of what the companies are doing. If we give up now, we are done.“
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