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Unions in America provides a concise and current introduction to what America's labor unions do and why they do it. In this engaging text, author Gary Chaison portrays America's unions as complex, self-governing organizations that are struggling to regain their lost membership, bargaining power, and political influence. This accessible textbook offers an impartial overview of American unions that ranges from the struggle for recognition from employers in their earliest years to their present-day difficulties.  

Conclusions: The Unions of the Future
Conclusions: The unions of the future

In preceding chapters, we traced the historical evolution of unions in America and asked how and why they grow or decline. We looked at the complexities and contradictions of union structure and government, the unions’ changing influence in bargaining and politics, and the essentials of union revival. At this point, it might seem difficult to speculate about the unions of the future because unions are so diverse and idiosyncratic; each has its own history and traditions, systems of governance and administration, organizing and bargaining practices, and approaches to politics.

While there really is no typical union, all unions do, however, share a singular mission—to represent workers in their dealings with employers and to negotiate and ...

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