Labor Studies | Contemporary Labor Problems
L205 | 18595 | Takahashi, Beverly
This is a web-based course offered through OnCourse.
LSTU-L 205 Contemporary Labor Problems 3 cr. Class Number 18595.
This class meets November 1 - December 13. 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: Beverly Takahashi.