Going far beyond the basic study of union history and structure, this accessible introductory text emphasizes how the values, objectives, and activities of unions are shaped in the face of modern challenges such as employer resistance and hostile governments. The fully updated study looks at why workers form unions, explores the power of collective bargaining and grievances, and chronicles the gains that unions have achieved both for their members and for all working people. It also examines the difficulties confronting unions that fail to live up to their egalitarian ideals in the face of rapid economic and technological change, the rise of neoliberalism, and the increasingly unpredictable character of the labor force.
Errol Black is a former teacher of economics at Brandon University. He has been an active participant in the Brandon Labour Council since 1978, a member of Brandon City Council since 1998, and an occasional board member of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Manitoba since 1997. He lives in Brandon, Manitoba. Jim Silver is a professor and chair of the Politics Department at the University of Winnipeg. He is a founding and board member of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Manitoba and is the author of "In Their Own Voices" and "Thin Ice." He lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
"Remains an essential read for anyone trying to understand the contribution of unions to Canada's political culture . . . Black and Silver are challenging unionists to respond in ways that are true to classic principles of class struggle that are also innovative, bold and proactive." --Dennis Lewycky, research and communication director, Canadian Union of Public Employees-Manitoba
Dewey Decimal Classfication (DDC)