Success while others fail : social movement unionism and the public workplace / Paul Johnston.

Johnston, Paul, 1951- [Browse]
Ithaca, N.Y. : ILR Press, [1994], ©1994.
xvi, 262 pages, 7 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm


Summary note
  • Paul Johnston tells the stories of four groups of workers, two in local government and two in the private sector. He examines complex patterns of difference related to gender, race, occupation, and public or private employment. Each group of workers engaged in some form of what Johnston calls "social movement unionism," including an early "Justice for Janitors" campaign.
  • These movements reflect the efforts of individual organizers, such as Maxine Jenkins, key organizer for the first comparable worth strikes in both public and private sectors. They are also shaped, Johnston argues, by their different historical and structural contexts. Success depends in each case, he concludes, on the fit between these conditions and the model of unionism employed.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (p. 235-251) and indexes.
  • 1. "The Richness of Its Possibilities" Two Labor Movements? Peculiarities of the Public Workers' Movement. Locating the Public Workers' Movement in History. Strategy and Structure of This Book. Social Research and the Public Workers' Movement
  • 2. Inside the Public Workers' Movement. "Testing Ground" in San Francisco. The Observer as Chastened Participant
  • 3. The Women of the City. The Mobilization of the Women. Making Demands on Public Organization. Wielding Power in Public Organization
  • 4. Beyond Industrial Relations: Gender and the City in Silicon Valley. Employee Associations and the Appearance of Union Growth. Amending Urban Sociology. From "Garden Valley" to "Silicon Valley" Challenging the Old Regime. One Movement on Two Fronts
  • 5. The Nurses of the Valley. The Nurses and Their Union. The Strike Context. Emergence - and Mutation - of the Claim to Comparable Worth. The Nurses' Strike for Comparable Worth. Nurse Burnout and Comparable Worth. Autonomy, Ambivalence, and the Burden of Care.
  • The Feminist Impulse and the Sectoral Difference
  • 6. The Custodians of the Valley. The Custodians of the City. The Private Sector Custodians of the Valley. The Future of Private Sector Unionism. Case Comparisons: Two Logics of Change
  • 7. The Nurses of the City. Regime and Antiregime in San Francisco. Public Service Unionism in the Health Department. Case Comparisons: Contrary Patterns of Development. A Thought Experiment
  • 8. Conclusions and Implications. Enacting the Public Agenda. An Unfinished Learning Process
  • Appendix: Salary Standardization and Comparable Worth. The Emergence of Administrative Justice. Salary Standardization. The Secret Politics of Public Personnel Systems. Internal Adjustments. Comparable Worth as the Ultimate Internal Adjustment.
  • 0875463347 (acid-free paper)
  • 0875463355 (pbk. : acid-free paper)
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