Emerging Labor Market Institutions for the Twenty-First Century
This important volume provides case studies of new labor market institutions and new directions for existing institutions. The contributors examine the behavior and impact of new organizations that have formed to solve workplace problems and to bolster the position of workers. They also document how unions employ new strategies to maintain their role in the economic system. While non-union institutions are unlikely to fill the gap left by the decline of unions, the findings suggest that emerging groups and unions might together improve some dimensions of worker well-being. Emerging Labor Market Institutions is the story of workers and institutions in flux, searching for ways to represent labor in the new century.
"The question of the ability of unions to survive in their current form and pursue their current objectives is an important one. This terrific collection . . . addresses a range of issues clearly and without overt partisanship, yet also represents the viewpoint of workers. . . . Highly recommended."
Richard B. Freeman and Joni Hersch
1. Individual Rights and Collective Agents: The Role of Old and New Workplace Institutions in the Regulation of Labor Markets
I. Studies of Nonworker Organizations
2. White Hats or Don Quixotes? Human Rights Vigilantes in the Global Economy
Kimberly Ann Elliott and Richard B. Freeman
3. The Living Wage Movement: What Is It, Why Is It, and What's Known about Its Impact?
4. The Role and Functioning of Public-Interest Legal Organizations in the Enforcement of the Employment Laws
II. Studies of Membership-Based Initiatives
5. Unionization of Professional and Technical Workers: The Labor Market and Institutional Transformation
Richard W. Hurd and John Bunge
6. A Workers' Lobby to Provide Portable Benefits
III. New Union Opportunities and Initiatives
7. A Submerging Labor Market Institution? Unions and the Nonwage Aspects of Work
Thomas C. Buchmueller, John E. DiNardo and Robert G. Valletta
8. Union Participation in Strategic Decisions of Corporations
Eileen Appelbaum and Larry W. Hunter
9. Development Intermediaries and the Training of Low-Wage Workers
Lisa M. Lynch