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Public workers : government employee unions, the law, and the state, 1900-1962

Author: Joseph E Slater
Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the dawn of the twentieth century to the early 1960s, public-sector unions generally had no legal right to strike, bargain, or arbitrate, and government workers could be fired simply for joining a union. Public Workers is the first book to analyze why public-sector labor law evolved as it did, separate from and much more restrictive than private-sector labor law, and what effect this law had on public-sector  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph E Slater
ISBN: 9781501707483 1501707485
OCLC Number: 1105492521
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 260 p.)
Contents: Public Workers; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. The Boston Police Strike of 1919; 2. Yellow-Dog Contracts and the Seattle Teachers, 1928-1931; 3. Public Sector Labor Law before Legalized Collective Bargaining; 4. Ground-Floor Politics and the BSEIU in the 1930s; 5. The New York City TWU in the Early 1940s; 6. Wisconsin's Public Sector Labor Laws of 1959 and 1962; Conclusion; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index.
Responsibility: Joseph E. Slater.

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From the dawn of the twentieth century to the early 1960s, public-sector unions generally had no legal right to strike, bargain, or arbitrate, and government workers could be fired simply for joining a union. Public Workers is the first book to analyze why public-sector labor law evolved as it did, separate from and much more restrictive than private-sector labor law, and what effect this law had on public-sector unions, organized labor as a whole, and by extension all of American politics. Joseph E. Slater shows how public-sector unions survived, represented their members, and set the stage for the most remarkable growth of worker organization in American history. Slater examines the battles of public-sector unions in the workplace, courts, and political arena, from the infamous Boston police strike of 1919, to teachers in Seattle fighting a yellow-dog rule, to the BSEIU in the 1930s representing public-sector janitors, to the fate of the powerful Transit Workers Union after New York City purchased the subways, to the long struggle by AFSCME that produced the nation's first public-sector labor law in Wisconsin in 1959. Slater introduces readers to a determined and often-ignored segment of the union movement and expands our knowledge of working men and women, the institutions they formed, and the organizational obstacles they faced.

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