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Is There a Crisis in the American Trade-Union Movement?-The Trade Unionists' Views

Solomon Barkin and Albert A. Blum
The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Vol. 350, The Crisis in the American Trade-Union Movement (Nov., 1963), pp. 16-24
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1036257
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Abstract

A survey of thirty-eight union presidents and forty-seven union staff personnel indicates that many of them are concerned with the crisis facing American labor. They see as their main problems those of technical change or automation, unemployment, unfriendly legislation, weaknesses of union structure and tactics, increased management power, and an unsympathetic public opinion. Factors internal and external to the labor movement have brought these difficulties to the fore. If organized labor is to resolve its dilemmas and to expand again, unions will have to remove their blinders and, through self-analysis, seek answers to their problems within the changes occurring in twentieth-century America.

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