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By Herbert B. Asher, Eric S. Heberlig, Randall B. Ripley

Are modern U.S. exertions unions beside the point, or in reality a altering strength to be reckoned with as they develop right into a new economic system in a globalized the USA? Is the present political strength exercised through U.S. hard work unions extra equivalent to the social pursuits of the sixties or the curiosity politics of the nineties? After profitable the presidency of the AFL-CIO in 1995, John Sweeney and his colleagues have taken strides to make exertions extra vital within the usa economically and politically, regardless of diminished club. the following, 4 authors come jointly to survey the prestige of work unions prior, current, and destiny, nationally in addition to during the microcosm of the hard work state of affairs in Ohio, one of many greatest, such a lot consultant, and such a lot electorally major states within the country.
The authors specialize in union club, management, political attitudes, thoughts, and grassroots mobilization to color an image of union revitalization in a context of financial and social switch. American hard work nonetheless wields clout on Election Day, yet union revitalization is a piece in growth. For unions to topic each day to their individuals and leaders, they have to consolidate their monetary bases and upward thrust to the demanding situations conscientiously documented during this publication.

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We all played special individual roles, but we also all collaborated on every aspect of the work. Eventually, we settled on alphabetical order for the authors; all four of us were essential in producing the product you now hold. Herbert Asher, Randall Ripley, and Karen Snyder began collecting original data on Ohio in 1990, both through interviews with union leaders in the state and through designing and analyzing surveys following the elections of 1990 and 1992. These surveys included a sample of union members and a separate sample of the general population.

Through their own PACs, internationals choose whether to offer the same candidate endorsements as COPE, how much money to donate to COPE, and whether to coordinate political activities with COPE, undertake their own activities, or simply be politically Page 12 inactive. COPE maintains substantial control over affiliates' financial contributions by assessing the internationals' PACs in line with the membership size of those internationals (Wilcox 1994, 22). Some labor unions, particularly after the formation of the CIO in 1935, have been highly visible and vocal advocates of the disadvantaged classes.

Page xiv Page 1 1 American Labor Unions and Politics: An Introduction In 1995, two candidates squared off for the presidency of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), the umbrella labor union organization in the United States. One of the candidates was Thomas R. Donahue. He had served from 1973 to 1979 as an executive assistant to long-time AFL-CIO president George Meany (1952–1979). He then served as the AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer from 1979 to 1995, during the entire presidency of Meany's successor, Lane Kirk-land.

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