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Why is there no labor party in the United States? Look at Canada to find out

In 1906, a German distinguished (somewhat neglected) economist and sociologist Werner Sombart published Why is there no Socialism in the United States? – a book which will become a famous work on American exceptionalism to this day (along with a pioneering and penetrative  Democracy in America, by Alexis de … Continue reading

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Law and labor in the American political economy

In 1906, a German distinguished (somewhat neglected) economist and sociologist Werner Sombart published Why is there no Socialism in the United States? – a book which will become a famous work on American exceptionalism in this respect to this day.  There are a number of … Continue reading

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Why after three decades of economic reforms in Latin America labor laws remained rigidly protective and remarkably diverse?

Continuity Despite Change: The Politics of Labor Regulation in Latin America shows that after three decades of economic reforms labor laws have changed far less than many expected and remained both rigidly protective and remarkably diverse. Why? In this very … Continue reading

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Noam Chomsky on neoliberal semantics: “working class” vs. “middle class”

Noam Chomsky: We don’t use the term “working class” here [ in the U.S] because it’s a taboo term. You’re supposed to say “middle class,” because it helps diminish the understanding that there’s a class war going on. Read this comprehensive interview … Continue reading

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Fascinating piece of Labor history: during September 1911 dozens children’s strikes were held across the UK & Ireland

Children’s strikes were part of the huge upheaval of labour in the long summer of 1911. The widespread industrial unrest then has often been written about, but children’s strikes are ittle-known. Mass walkouts of schoolchildren took place at least in … Continue reading

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Industry agreements increase wages for low-skilled workers, while company agreements increase medium- and high-skilled wages

The impact of the development of modern systems of collective bargaining on the structure of wages in the post-socialist economies of Central Europe remains largely unexplored. This (open access) article seeks to fill this gap. Using a large, matched employer-employee … Continue reading

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Union Strength, Neoliberalism, and Income Inequality in the US since 1950

Do historically contingent political accounts help explain the growth in family income inequality in the United States? In an interesting paper “Union Strength, Neoliberalism, and Inequality: Contingent Political Analyses of U.S. Income Differences since 1950” published in American Sociological Review, David … Continue reading

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“Disintegrating Democracy at Work: Labor Unions and the Future of Good Jobs in the Service Economy”, a book by Virginia Doellgast

The shift to service-based economy has often been accompanied by the expansion of low wage and insecure employment. Many consider the effects of this shift inevitable. Based on a impressive comparative study of the changes that occurred in the organization … Continue reading

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Name and Shame: Major ATTACK on ACADEMIC FREEDOM and Labor Studies in Michigan.

CONDEMN by Liking & Reposting: The Michigan Senate included in its budget proposal a penalty of $500,000 against any public college or university that teaches a labor-related course or offers a labor-studies program. Michigan State University has been considering an … Continue reading

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Continental Crucible: Big ‪‎Business‬, ‪Workers‬ and ‪Unions‬ in the Transformation of ‪North America‬

This revealing book by Edur Velasco Arregui and Richard Roman illustrates the ways in which the capitalist classes in Canada, Mexico and the United States used free trade agreements to consolidate their agendas and organize themselves continentally. This study has … Continue reading

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