Innovation in Isolation: Labor-Management Partnerships in the United States

dc.contributor.authorWever, Kirsten S.
dc.contributor.authorBatt, Rosemary
dc.contributor.authorRubinstein, Saul
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-17T17:23:33Z
dc.date.available2020-11-17T17:23:33Z
dc.date.issued1996-01-01
dc.description.abstractIn the United States, as in other advanced industrial countries, worker participation in management has taken on increasing importance, placing pressures on employers and unions to change how they deal with employees/members, and with each other. This paper examines two of the most impressive cases in the U.S.: the partnerships between General Motors (G.M.) and the United Autoworkers union (U.A W.) at Saturn and between BellSouth and the Communication Workers union (C.W.A.). We outline the evolution and the basic features of these innovations, as well as highlighting certain ongoing problems. These problems, we argue, confront the parties to employment relations in the U.S. more generally, reflecting profound ambivalence about such experiments, and their continued isolation as ‘islands of excellence ’. As such, these cases both illustrate the vast potential for labor-management partnerships as well as the dampening effect of the employment relations context in the U.S.
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dc.identifier.other7082694
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1813/75694
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.relation.doihttps://doi.org/10.1177/103530469600700105
dc.rightsRequired Publisher Statement: © SAGE. Final version published as: Wever, K. S., Batt, R., Rubinstein, S. (1996). Innovation in isolation: Labor-management partnerships in the United States. Economic and Labour Relations Review, 7(1), 67-87. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.
dc.subjectglobalization
dc.subjectindustrial relations
dc.subjectmanagement
dc.subjectlabor
dc.subjectinnovation
dc.titleInnovation in Isolation: Labor-Management Partnerships in the United States
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local.authorAffiliationWever, Kirsten S.: Radcliffe Public Policy Institute
local.authorAffiliationBatt, Rosemary: rb41@comell.edu Cornell University
local.authorAffiliationRubinstein, Saul: Rutgers University
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