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Public Workers : Government Employee Unions, the Law, and the State, 1900–1962 (Reprint)

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From the dawn of the twentieth century to the early 1960s, public-sector unions generally had no legal right to strike, bargain, or arbitrate, and government workers could be fired simply for joining a union. Public Workers is the first book to analyze why public-sector labor law evolved as it did, separate from and much more restrictive than private-sector labor law, and what effect this law had on public-sector unions, organized labor as a whole, and by extension all of American politics. Joseph E. Slater shows how public-sector unions survived, represented their members, and set the stage for the most remarkable growth of worker organization in American history. Slater examines the battles of public-sector unions in the workplace, courts, and political arena, from the infamous Boston police strike of 1919, to teachers in Seattle fighting a yellow-dog rule, to the BSEIU in the 1930s representing public-sector janitors, to the fate of the powerful Transit Workers Union after New York City purchased the subways, to the long struggle by AFSCME that produced the nation's first public-sector labor law in Wisconsin in 1959. Slater introduces readers to a determined and often-ignored segment of the union movement and expands our knowledge of working men and women, the institutions they formed, and the organizational obstacles they faced.
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 260
Genre: History, Freedom + Security / Law Enforcement, Political Science
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Cornell Univ Pr
Author: Joseph E. Slater
Language: English
Street Date: September 15, 2016
TCIN: 51497511
UPC: 9781501705755
Item Number (DPCI): 248-21-7479
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