Labor Studies | Contemporary Labor Problems
L205 | 11932 | Takahashi, Beverly


LSTU-L 205 Contemporary Labor Problems 3 cr hrs. Class number 11932
Second Summer.  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.