Labor Studies | Mobilizing the Membership
L290 | 6689 | Steven Ashby
This is a one-credit class which will meet on two Saturdays: Feb. 10
and 24, from 9:00 AM-4:30 PM, with a one-hour lunch break each day.
The American labor movement achieved major gains with the resurgence
of organized labor in the 1930s--minimum wage laws, the eight hour
day, the right to join a union, medical insurance, pensions, wage
increases, etc. The involvement of rank-and-file members was
critical, and 35% of the workforce voted to join unions by the 1950s,
yet membership involvement in unions declined significantly in the
post-war era. This class will discuss why members became uninvolved
in many unions, and will analyze how unions are rebuilding
rank-and-file participation and mobilization. Topics include using
rank-and-file pressure to settle grievances, dealing with difficult
members or non-members, contract, corporate, strategic or in-plant
campaigns, and political action.