American Labor Unions in the Electoral Arena by Herbert B. Asher, Eric S. Heberlig, Randall B. Ripley

By Herbert B. Asher, Eric S. Heberlig, Randall B. Ripley

Are modern U.S. exertions unions inappropriate, or in truth a altering strength to be reckoned with as they develop right into a new economic climate in a globalized the USA? Is the present political energy exercised via U.S. hard work unions extra reminiscent of the social pursuits of the sixties or the curiosity politics of the nineties? After successful the presidency of the AFL-CIO in 1995, John Sweeney and his colleagues have taken strides to make exertions extra very important within the usa economically and politically, regardless of diminished club. the following, 4 authors come jointly to survey the prestige of work unions previous, current, and destiny, nationally in addition to in the course of the microcosm of the hard work state of affairs in Ohio, one of many biggest, such a lot consultant, and so much electorally major states within the country.
The authors specialize in union club, management, political attitudes, techniques, and grassroots mobilization to color an image of union revitalization in a context of monetary and social switch. American exertions nonetheless wields clout on Election Day, yet union revitalization is a piece in development. For unions to topic each day to their individuals and leaders, they have to consolidate their monetary bases and upward push to the demanding situations rigorously documented during this ebook.

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In 1996, the strategy was to attack marginal Republican House members who had been swept into office during the Republican congressional landslide of 1994. The 1998 election occurred in the middle of the Page 20 second term of a popular, although distrusted, president. The president's party in Congress almost always loses a significant number of seats in a midterm election in the sixth year of an incumbency. Labor's strategy was to aim at ousting only the weakest Republicans in order to focus resources on protecting incumbent Democrats and winning open seats that had been held by Democrats.

Paper) 1. Labor unions—United States—Political activity—History. 2. Presidents— United States—Election—History. 3. Elections—United States—History. 4. Politics, Practical—United States—History. I. Asher, Herbert B. 48-1992. 8 Are Union Political Activities Appropriate? 5 Determinants of Support for Union-Endorsed and Democratic Candidates 149 Page xi Preface We wrote this book because we find the topic important and interesting, and we also think that American academics, with a few notable exceptions, have been shortsighted in ignoring unions and politics in the scholarly literature of the last three or four decades.

A leading scholar of campaign finance, Frank J. Sorauf, argues that labor PACs are more centralized, have more resources, are more inclined to support nonincumbents, and are more directly aligned with a single political party (the Democrats) than other PACs (So-rauf 1992, 106–12). These characteristics give them considerable clout in electoral politics, although in recent years, at both the federal and state levels, Republicans have taken the lead in trying to add additional restrictions to the ability of unions both to collect money from their membership and to spend it on politics.

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