The Impact of Labor Unions on Worker Rights and on Other Social Movements

ABA Journal of Labor and Employment Law, Vol. 26, p. 267, 2011

20 Pages Posted: 24 Jun 2011 Last revised: 28 Jun 2011

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Charles B. Craver

George Washington University - Law School

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

Labor unions have been in existence for over two hundred years, initially as craft organizations, and more recently as industrial and service organizations. During their existence they have significantly enhanced the wages and fringe benefits of represented workers through the collective bargaining process, and indirectly affected the wages and benefits enjoyed by nonunion employees whose employers provided them with such benefits to preclude their unionization. Unions have also provided members with job security through just cause disciplinary limitations and grievance-arbitration procedures. Over the past sixty years, many social movements have employed union tactics to advance other critical issues such as the end of the Vietnam Conflict, the end of racial segregation, the enhancement of the environment, and the rights of tenants.

Keywords: impact of labor unions, advancing employee rights, impact on social movements, anti-war tactics, civil rights activities, environment advancement, tenant rights movement

JEL Classification: J51; J71; K31

Suggested Citation

Craver, Charles B., The Impact of Labor Unions on Worker Rights and on Other Social Movements (2011). ABA Journal of Labor and Employment Law, Vol. 26, p. 267, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1871952

Charles B. Craver (Contact Author)

George Washington University - Law School ( email )

2000 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20052
United States

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