Lecture 5 Feb 1

Lecture 5 Feb 1 - Inequality and American Democracy...

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Inequality and American Democracy Organized Labor and American Politics Lecture by Melissa Mason 1) Industrial Democracy—American Style a) Defined: economic arrangement in which decisions on the firm level are made collectively by the people who work in them b) Not socialism—common ownership of means of production not at issue c) Response to relatively massive industrial conflict 2) AFL-CIO am. Fed. Of labor. a) AFL-skilled craft workers; ‘exclusive jurisdiction’; nativism; regionalism; racism; ‘business unionism’ b) CIO—workers organized by industry rather than craft; extended more to black and immigrants from Eastern and southern Europe c) Merged in 1955 3) The New Deal and Labor Legislation a) 1935—Wagner Act (national Labor Relations Act) i) Protected rights of most workers in private sector to organize, seek collective bargaining, and strike ii) Prohibited unfair labor practices by employers iii) Established the NLRB iv) Institutionalized collective bargaining 4) Taft-Hartley and subsequent legislation
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course PLSC 203 taught by Professor Jacobhacker during the Spring '07 term at Yale.

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