Wednesday, June 5, 2019
With financial support from the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences’ International Keynote Speakers Support Fund
Can Sectorial Bargaining Save the American Labor Movement
Transformations, both global and local, in the structure of employment have rendered an expansion of collective bargaining problematic in many nations. In the U.S. an eviceration of the labor law in both the private sector and the public has crippled many unions. But at the state and municipal level, many legislatures and city councils have become increasingly active on the labor front, mandating not just higher wages for many workers in a given region or occupation, but an increasingly wide variety of social provisions paid for by either employer or government. Many trade unions and allied reformers have turned to the negotiation of such "sectorial" mandates as the road forward. Is this a viable future?
- Nelson Lichtenstein, Professor of History, University of California, Santa Barbara