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Employment is closely connected to wealth, status, and security and is therefore a subject of interest across a range of academic disciplines. Employment Relations in the United States incorporates a wealth of research material from these different specialties to provide a historical perspective on the American workplace and the evolution of legal policies affecting employment. The analysis follows both a chronological and thematic arrangement, beginning with the importance of management practices, the growth of labor organizations and the impact of collective bargaining on employment institutions, and the subsequent rise of individual employment rights enforced through administrative and judicial means. Through its evolutionary approach, the book explains the fragmented, overlapping, and conceptually confusing regulatory environment governing workplace relations. It offers an integrated approach to such important contemporary policy issues as health care coverage, pensions, and effective dispute procedures. The book provides an analytical framework for an understanding of the unique nature of our labor markets and the role of government, employers, and unions. Key Features Provides students with the historical background they need to understand how the U.S. system developed and how it differs from systems in other industrialized nations Discusses individual employment rights, including protection from discrimination Covers current policy issues in employment, including raising the minimum wage, the growth of a contingent workforce, and privatizing retirement Offers a unique historical and evolutionary explanation of the nature of employment relations As a general overview of contemporary employment relations, Employment Relations in the United States is a perfect supplement to college courses in employment law, human resource management, and collective bargaining. Human resource managers, mediators, and professionals involved in labor relations will also find this an essential reference.
Chapter 1: Contemporary Employment Relations in Historical Perspective
Contemporary Employment Relations in Historical Perspective
The U.S. employment system has its origins in the arrival of European settlers to the new continent. The early colonists brought with them English traditions of labor, upon which they imposed variations suited to different conditions. One of those variations involved a form of contractual or indentured servitude by which an emigrant agreed to labor for a period of years in exchange for passage to the New World. Another variation was the “peculiar institution” of slavery, which enabled a buyer to purchase human labor power as a form of property. The practice of indentured servitude gradually fell into disfavor as population growth furnished a source of labor. Slavery, and its attendant regime of ownership ...