Labor Studies | Contemporary Labor Problems
L205 | 4832 | William Mello


LSTU-L 205 Contemporary Labor Problems 3 cr hrs. Class number 4832
Second Summer. This class meets June 29 - August 14, 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.