Big Labor Regains its Muscle: Social Responsibility Leads to Greater Political Clout
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Hurd, Richard W.
[Excerpt] The political fortunes of organized labor have improved remarkably in the past two years. Following a decade of disappointments in Congress and at the polls, the AFL-CIO has successfully orchestrated a return to its position as one of the premier lobbying powers in Washington. The recently concluded 100th Congress was marked by a series of major victories, including plant closing protection, strict limits on the use of polygraph tests to screen employees, omnibus trade legislation, and a successful override of President Reagan's veto of funding for highway construction. The defeat of AFL- CIO-endorsed presidential candidate Michael Dukakis notwithstanding, the 1988 election results should serve to further augment labor's influence.
politics; labor unions; organizing; labor movement
Required Publisher Statement: © Wiley. Final version published as: Hurd, R. W. (1989). Big labor regains its muscle: Social responsibility leads to greater political clout. Business & Society Review, 68, 4-8. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.