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Employment Relations in the United States

Employment Relations in the United States
Law, Policy, and Practice

  • Raymond L Hogler - Colorado State University, USA, Pennsylvania State University, USA, University of Tuscia (Viterbo, Italy)

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December 2003 | 312 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This book presents an overview of the economic, political, and social forces that shaped contemporary employment relations practices in United States. It provides students with the historical background they need to understand how the US system developed and how it differs from systems in other industrialized nations. Individual employment rights, including protecting individual employees from discrimination and workplace `rights', are thoroughly examined. In addition, current policy issues in employment (raising the minimum wage, growth of a contingent workforce, privatizing retirement) are discussed in detail.
1. Contemporary Employment Relations in Historical Perspective
The Start of a New Millenium

Analyzing "Exceptionalism": Is the United States Different and Why?

Studying Work

The Nature of Labor Contracts

An Overview of This Book

Firms and Managers

Organized Labor

Community Institutions

2. Industrial Expansion and the Foundations of Unionisms
The Rise of Corporations

Beginnings of Collective Organization

Union Growth and Labor Conflict

From Conflict to Cooperation

3. Managerial Control and the Beginnings of State Regulation
Judges and the Law of Employment Contracts

Injunctions and Antitrust

Scientific Management and the Efficiency Movement

Welfare Capitalism and the Emergence of the Modern Personnel System

Workers' Compensation Insurance - An Early Exception to Exceptionalism

Summing up the 1920s

4. The Creation of Federal Labor Policy: World War I Through the New Deal
Wartime Policies and the Effect on Collective Bargaining

Labor Legislation Before the Wagner Act

The National Labor Relations (Wagner) Act of 1935

Social Legislation: Retirement, Unemployment, and Labor Standards

The Federal Mandates and the Collective Bargaining Process

5. Rise and Decline of the Labor Movement, 1935 - 2000
Founding of the CIO

The Supreme Court and the Wagner Act

Labor Relations During World War II

The Labor Management Relations (Taft-Hartley) Act, 1947

Cosolidation of Collective Bargaining and Employment Policies

Union Decline: 1970s to the Millenium

6. Protecting Individuals From Discrimination
Equal Pay Act

Civil Rights Acts

Age Discrimination in Employment Act

Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990

7. Workplace Rights and Benefits
Workplace Health and Safety: OSHA

Employee Retirement and Income Security Act

Health Insurance and Employment

The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993

Exceptions to the Employment At Will Rule

8. Contemporary Employment Issues
Organizational Justice as an Alternative to Litigation

Bringing Unions Back In

Economic Security for U. S. Workers: Health Insurance, Pensions, and Employment Stability

9. Conclusions
Back to the Future?

The Job Machine in the 2000s

A Final Thought

About the Author

"An impressive work of meticulous scholarship...provides students with an historical background and context leading to an understanding of how the American system of the organized labor movement developed and just how it differs from system in other industrialized nations. Of special interest is Hogler's unique historical and evolutionary oriented explanation of the developmental history and nature of employment relations. Highly recommended reading -- especially for students of American employment relations and labor history."

Wisconsin Bookwatch

"Mr. Hogler, a professor of labor relations and human resource management at Colorado State University, presents a superbly written, lucidly argued work. It deserves a wide audience of students as well as experts with a deep interest in today's 'labor question.'"


"Employment Relations analyzes the limits of these existing laws in the new political economy and suggests that in order to rebuild sustainable and just employment environments, a revival of worker collective action is crucial. Hogler's underlying political goal is to frame employment and labor laws in a way that illuminates their inherent connection to wealth distribution, status, and security."

Michigan Law Review

An interesting and fascinating look at ER in the USA, with good discussion and commentary.

Mr Jonathan Lord
Salford Business School, Salford University
May 10, 2010

Raymond L. Hogler

Raymond L. Hogler teaches labor relations and human resource management at Colorado State University. He earned Ph.D. and J.D. degrees from the University of Colorado. He attended Emory University as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and the University of Wales (Swansea) as a Fulbright Scholar. Prior to his employment at CSU, Dr. Hogler taught in the Department of Labor Studies and Industrial Relations at Pennsylvania State University, and in 1994, he was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Warwick. He is certified as a labor arbitrator by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. Over the past two decades, he has published a number of... More About Author

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