Striking a Balance,
John W. Budd
Hardcover / Loose-Leaf / Digital / 575 pages
Winner (1st ed.) -- 2005 "Texty" Textbook Excellence Award !
Updated 5th edition now available !
McGraw-Hill catalog page (includes link to access an Instructor's Preview Copy
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An award-winning labor relations textbook for undergraduates and graduates...
This textbook presents labor relations as a system for striking a balance between the employment relationship goals of efficiency, equity, and voice, and between the rights of labor and management. It is important to examine these goals to discover what motivates contemporary U.S. labor relations processes, and to evaluate whether these processes remain effective in the 21st century. What are the differing assumptions (such as whether labor markets are competitive) that underlie alternative mechanisms for achieving efficiency, equity, and voice? Why is a balance important? These questions provide the framework for analyzing the existing processes-especially organizing, bargaining, dispute resolution, and contract administration-as well as the major issues facing these processes-particularly, the need for workplace flexibility, employee empowerment, and labor-management partnerships in the context of globalization and financialization. Another recurring theme is that the current processes are one option for balancing workplace objectives and rights, but that this system is under fire from many directions. The book therefore concludes with chapters to promote reflection on the strengths and weaknesses of the current system and the possibilities for reform. This material includes a comparative examination of labor relations systems from other countries and a consideration of varied U.S. reform proposals that include changes in union and corporate behavior as well as public policies.
NEW TO THE FIFTH EDITION
The first four editions of Labor Relations: Striking a Balance were well received by instructors and students alike. In fact, the first edition was recognized with a Texty excellence award from the Textbook and Academic Authors Association for the best textbook in accounting, business, economics, and management in 2005. The fifth edition continues to refine and update rather than overhaul the successful approach of the earlier editions. The particular emphases of the revisions for the fifth edition are engagement with new events, pressures, and ideas as well as removal of unnecessary details and additional clarity of specific topics identified by the reviewers. In various places in this new edition, issues raised by the Fight for $15 movement, alt-labor initiatives, protests over proposals to change public sector bargaining laws, debates over right-to-work laws, and new NLRB policies and rulings are incorporated. Every chapter now includes an explicit nonunion application element as well as two online exploration exercises in the flow of the text. And Chapter 11 has been significantly re-written to more efficiently focus on the labor relations relevance of globalization while adding a brand new section on financialization which many scholars now recognize as another very important pressure on labor relations. Updated statistics and references appear throughout the text.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Part I: Foundations
Chapter 1: Contemporary Labor Relations: Objectives, Practices, and Challenges
Chapter 2: Labor Unions: Good or Bad?
Part II: The U.S. New Deal Industrial Relations System
Chapter 3: Historical Development
Chapter 4: Labor Law
Chapter 5: Labor and Management: Strategies, Structures, and Constraints
Chapter 6: Union Organizing
Chapter 7: Bargaining
Chapter 8: Impasse, Strikes, and Dispute Resolution
Chapter 9 Contract Clauses and Their Administration
Part III: Issues for the 21st Century
Chapter 10: Flexibility, Empowerment, and Partnership
Chapter 11: Globalization and Financialization
Part IV: Reflection
Chapter 12: Comparative Labor Relations
Chapter 13: What Should Labor Relations Do?
The National Labor Relations Act
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
A Sample NLRB Decision
Collective Bargaining Simulation: The Zinnia and Service Workers Local H-56
©2018 / Hardcover / Loose-Leaf / Digital / 575 pages
|A Chinese translation published by China Machine Press is also available. The translation team included Professor Naiji Sun, Professor Guilan Yu, Professor Nan Yu, and Mi Yu, all of Jilin University.|