Labour-management partnership in the USA: Islands of success in a hostile context

Adrienne E. Eaton, Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Saul A. Rubinstein

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The current context for labour-management partnerships in the USA is unfriendly in almost all ways. Union density, at 11.1% overall and 6.6% in the private sector, is at a modern low (US BLS 2015). With few exceptions, there is no signifi cant encouragement of partnerships from either the federal or the state governments. There is no organization or forum that regularly brings together leaders of the labour and business communities for social dialogue about economic or other policies. And many of the “best examples” of partnerships in the last couple of decades have not been sustained. Th ere are still “islands” of success, but they function in spite of the system rather than because of it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDeveloping Positive Employment Relations
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Experiences of Labour Management Partnership
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9781137427724
ISBN (Print)9781137427700
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • General Business, Management and Accounting

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