Labor Studies | Contemporary Labor Problems
L205 | 5407 | William Mello

LSTU-L 205 Contemporary Labor Problems 3 cr hrs. Class number 5407
First Summer. This class meets May 13 - June 24, 2009.  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.