Government Oversight, Union Democracy, and Labor Racketeering: Lessons from the Teamsters Experience
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Belzer, Michael H.; Hurd, Richard W.
[Excerpt] In this paper we examine the federal courts' effort to clean up the Teamsters using legislation originally enacted to fight organized crime. Specifically, we look at the role of electoral democracy in this initiative and trace the experience through the 1991, 1996, and 1998 elections for Teamsters president. Once the story is told, we analyze the experience in the context of union democracy and also consider the relationship between democracy and labor movement transformation.
union democracy; Teamsters; unions; labor movement; racketeering
Required Publisher Statement: © Springer Verlag. Final version published as: Becker, M. H. & Hurd, R. W. (1999). Government oversight, union democracy, and labor racketeering: Lessons from the Teamsters experience. Journal of Labor Research, 20(3), 343-365. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.