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Careful What You Wish For

Careful What You Wish For 597247 NLFXXX10.1177/1095796015597247New Labor ForumCompa research-article2015 On the Contrary New Labor Forum 2015, Vol. 24(3) 11 –16 Careful What You Wish Copyright © 2015, The Murphy Institute, City University of New York Reprints and permissions: For: A Critical Appraisal sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav DOI: 10.1177/1095796015597247 of Proposals to Rebuild nlf.sagepub.com the Labor Movement Lance Compa Keywords labor, trade unions, collective bargaining, unorganized workers, worker centers Alarmed at declining union density and frus- dues-paying organizations. Romantics say that trated with the National Labor Relations Act, is great, they will not be slow-moving bureau- many worker advocates want to ditch the cracies like unions. But employers would be NLRA, forsake traditional unions, and start the happy to deal only with small, dispersed, labor movement afresh. Ideas include making resource-stressed groups that might give them a “Alt-labor” a new launching pad; replacing hard time in the public relations arena but can face-to-face union building with high-volume never wield serious countervailing power. And digital organizing; applying the Civil Rights Act much of Alt-labor would not get the traction it to union activity; adopting “members-only” bar- has without Old-labor. Unions in the traditional gaining alongside majority rule and exclusive labor movement are often their main backers. representation; letting http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png New Labor Forum SAGE

Careful What You Wish For

New Labor Forum , Volume 24 (3): 6 – Sep 1, 2015

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597247 NLFXXX10.1177/1095796015597247New Labor ForumCompa research-article2015 On the Contrary New Labor Forum 2015, Vol. 24(3) 11 –16 Careful What You Wish Copyright © 2015, The Murphy Institute, City University of New York Reprints and permissions: For: A Critical Appraisal sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav DOI: 10.1177/1095796015597247 of Proposals to Rebuild nlf.sagepub.com the Labor Movement Lance Compa Keywords labor, trade unions, collective bargaining, unorganized workers, worker centers Alarmed at declining union density and frus- dues-paying organizations. Romantics say that trated with the National Labor Relations Act, is great, they will not be slow-moving bureau- many worker advocates want to ditch the cracies like unions. But employers would be NLRA, forsake traditional unions, and start the happy to deal only with small, dispersed, labor movement afresh. Ideas include making resource-stressed groups that might give them a “Alt-labor” a new launching pad; replacing hard time in the public relations arena but can face-to-face union building with high-volume never wield serious countervailing power. And digital organizing; applying the Civil Rights Act much of Alt-labor would not get the traction it to union activity; adopting “members-only” bar- has without Old-labor. Unions in the traditional gaining alongside majority rule and exclusive labor movement are often their main backers. representation; letting

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Published: Sep 1, 2015

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