Labor Studies | Contemporary Labor Problems
L205 | 11575 | William Mello


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LSTU-L 205 Contemporary Labor Problems  3 cr hrs; Class Number
11575. 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, LSP, IUK.