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fter reading Chapters 2 and 3 in Bamber et al., compare the US and British labor relations systems along the following dimensions:
(a) Union density (the percentage of the workforce that is unionized)
(b) Nature of political engagement by the leading union confederation (TUC versus AFL-CIO), including business unionism in the US and the role of the British Labor Party
(c) Extent of decentralization and fragmentation
(d) History and importance of discrimination law (read between the lines)
After reading Chapters 2 and 3 in Bamber et al., answer the following questions:
Historically, US employers have been the most antiunion, but the British system was probably the worst among the industrialized nations from the standpoint of competitiveness. Until a couple of decades after the Donovan Commission report Britain had multiple craft unions in each plant represented by a single shop steward; in part in response to the needs of US multinationals doing business in Britain, the article says that the trend has favored single-union plants.
(a) Why are US employers among the most anti-union employers in the world? What is business unionism, and why has it been attractive to US employees but not to employees in most other countries?
(b) In Britain there has been less regulatory stability than in the US as alternative Conserative and Labor governments have passed laws antagonistic to (e.g., the 1971 Industrial Relations Act) and friendly to (e.g., the 1999 national minimum wage under Tony Blair) unions, but the union density is much higher, more than double, than in the US.
(i) What are steps the US confederation, the AFL-CIO has taken, including internecine conflict and departures of unions from the AFL-CIO, to expand union membership?
(ii) Why has union density plummeted in both countries?
(iii) In which country have nonunion personnel practices developed furthest?
(c) According to Katz and Colvin, the authors of the piece on US labor relations, a solution to labor’s global woes is cross-national cooperation among labor movements in different countries. At the same time, Bamber et al., in their introduction to the book, claim that there are two or more fundamentally different varieties of capitalism, liberal and coordinated.
(i) If there are two fundamentally different kinds of capitalism, how is cross-national cooperation possible? Are the kinds really different?
(i) What would Olson say about the likelihood of cross-national cooperation? Where are the economic incentives?