The Great Recession that began in 2007 was marked by high rates
of unemployment, the near collapse of the banking sector, and the
bankruptcy of a host of venerable firms. The economy has only
slowly recovered over the intervening years. Throughout this time,
the labor movement has faced numerous challenges#8212;among them
declining union membership, lackluster organizing performance, and
difficulties at the bargaining table. Collective bargaining came
under especially severe pressure in both private and public
sectors. Employers were now more aggressive than in the 1980s, and
unions were expected to concede with no promises of anything in
Collective Bargaining under Duress highlights the recent state
of collective bargaining in eight different industries across both
the private and public sectors. The contributors document the
struggles common throughout in new organizing, securing viable
collective agreements for members after winning election, and
protecting earlier hard-won gains in the face of increasingly
aggressive employer opposition.
Contributors: Paul F. Clark, Penn State University; Ann C.
Frost, Western University, Ontario; Jody Hoffer Gitell, Brandeis
University; Bob Hebdon, McGill University; Harry C. Katz, Cornell
University; Jeffrey H. Keefe, Rutgers, The State University of New
Jersey; John Paul MacDuffie, University of Pennsylvania; Frits K.
Pil, University of Pittsburgh; Richard A. Posthuma, University of
Texas at El Paso; Howard R. Stanger, Canisius College; Andrew von
Nordenflycht, Simon Fraser University; C. Jeffrey Waddoups,
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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