As a labor historian who has taught at both large universities and small colleges in the South during my brief career, I occasionally have experienced this phenomenon when I discuss the rise of the industrial union
movement in the wake of the Great Depression.
As the author of a previous study of the factory system during the height of industrialization and a volume on the United Rubber Workers, an industrial union
whose membership came mostly from the Midwest, Nelson comes to his present subject well-prepared.
This system of democratic representation replaces the rigid uniformity of industrial unions
with coordinated diversity, which could capture the interest and loyalty of the "associational," semi-professional workforce.
In spite of these changes that make unions and people-oriented work more difficult, it is not the form of industrial unions
that has crippled the pwoer of today's unions.
News From USW: Union workers represented by four major North American industrial unions
met in Rockford this week to coordinate their collective bargaining activity with Accuride, the auto parts manufacturer.
of Missouri-Columbia) considers the history of labor and politics in the Indiana city from the end of World War I to the merging of the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Unions
to become the enduring institution AFL-CIO.
Sweeney was elected president of the AFL-CIO in 1995, over the opposition of the old industrial unions
AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, however, has pledged to fight it with all the organizing strength of the newly muscular AFL-CIO, partly to placate the industrial unions
and partly because Sweeney is genuinely concerned about human and labor rights abuses in China.
She argues that the major New Deal labor reforms didn't apply to occupations laden with African Americans, that even the most liberal industrial unions
didn't help black labor much, and that African Americans didn't benefit substantially from new opportunities in defense work.
Rengo, which consists of various industrial unions
, supports the opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), but has let its component unions back the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
Along with striker-replacement legislation, the industrial unions
supported the idea of mobilizing for more substantive labor-law reform to address U.
Labor is divided among public sector/service unions, such as Sweeney's alma mater, the Service Employees International Union, and industrial unions