Labor Studies | Contemporary Labor Problems
L205 | 18595 | Takahashi, Beverly


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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.