Labor Studies | Contemporary Labor Problems
L205 | 21279 | Mello, William
The following is a web based course offered through ONCOURSE.
LSTU-L 205 Contemporary Labor Problems Class Number 21279; 3 cr.
While the President has declared the economy is strong, all is not
rosy for American workers or the labor movement. Hundred of
thousands of factory jobs – and now white-collar jobs – are exported
abroad every year. The gap between rich and poor in the U.S. is
wider than ever before. The labor movement has declined to under
13% of the workforce, and employers forcefully combat workers’ right
to form a union through legal and illegal means. The course will
discuss and debate some of these major contemporary economic and
political problems confronting workers, organized labor, and society
as a whole. Topics we will discuss include: globalization and the
global justice movement; plant closings; sweatshops; lean
production; evolving labor-management cooperation programs; union
democracy; issues of race and gender; electoral politics; and
responses to the decline of organized labor. Instructor: William
Mello, DLS, IUK.