Jasmine Kerrissey, sociology and labor studies at UMass Amherst, and Judith Stepan-Norris, University of California - Irvine, have co-authored a new book now available for pre-order. Union Booms and Busts: The Ongoing Fight Over the U.S. Labor Movement explores both the fortunes of U.S. workers and unions, as well as those of employers and their organizations.

From the Oxford University Press description: 

"Using detailed data, this book analyses union density across 11 industries and 115 years, contrasting the organizing and union building successes and failures across decades. With attention to historical developments and the economic, political, and legal contexts of each period, it highlights workers' and their unions' actions, including strikes, union elections, and organizing strategies as well those of employers, who aimed to disrupt union organizing using legal maneuvers, workforce-based strategies, and race and gender divisions. By demonstrating how workers used strikes, elections, and other strategies to win power and employers used legal maneuvers, workforce-based strategies, and race and gender divisions to disrupt unions, the authors reveal data-driven truths about the ongoing history of unionization."

Visit Oxford University Press to pre-order your copy – the book will be publicly released on July 14, 2023. 

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