What Do Unions Do?

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Basic Books, Oct 1, 1985 - Political Science - 304 pages
This comprehensive economic assessment of unions by two Harvard economists challenges the prevailing view of trade unions as monopolies whose main function is to raise their members' wages at the expense of the general public. Using data from individuals and business establishments, they demonstrate that in addition to raising wages, unions have significant non-wage effects on industrial life. Unionization, they argue, often leads to higher productivity, more stable work force and provides protection for vulnerable employees. They describe the role of unions as the collective voice of workers, which creates a vehicle of direct communication between workers and management.

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This is an interesting book in a couple of ways. It was published in 1984, and in the final section of the book the authors offer a prescient perspective on the future of labour unions in the United ... Read full review


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