Present at the Creation: Clyde W. Summers and the Field of Union Democracy Law
Michael J. Goldberg
Widener University Delaware Law School
September 10, 2010
Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal, Vol. 14, No. 1, 2010
Widener Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 10-23
This article describes and analyzes the contributions of Professor Clyde W. Summers to the development of union democracy law in the United States and his contributions to the movement dedicated to bringing more democratic practices to American unions. The first part of the article evaluates Summers' writings on the importance of democracy in the labor movement. The second part describes Summers' work as both a scholar and public policy activist shaping the law of union democracy, including his critical role in the drafting of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959. The final part of the article examines Summers contributions to the creation of a movement, embodied in the Association for Union Democracy, to promote democratic unionism. It also describes his continuing efforts, through his scholarship and his advocacy, to implement and further develop the field of law he helped to create.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 32
Keywords: union democracy, labor law, legal history, clyde w summers, labor movement
JEL Classification: K31
Date posted: September 12, 2010
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