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Labor Unions Future; War and Peace?
Dec 12,2013 - A number of state officials and the Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court face a critical choice: Do they endorse a return to the 19th and early 20th Century era of conflict and bloodshed that characterized America\'s labor history, or endorse a 21st Century labor management system based on innovation, partnership, collaboration, and mutual respect? At the Tennessee state level, Volkswagen and the United Auto Workers are reportedly close to agreeing on a works council that would give employees a voice in shaping their working conditions and improving Volkswagen\'s performance. For years, many labor relations scholars, including myself, have argued that works councils -- elected bodies representing all workers in an enterprise -- would be a productive and innovative complement to traditional structures of union-management relations. Now, we have a golden opportunity to put this idea to a test. Unfortunately, some politicians, such as Tennessee\'s Senator Bob Corker, National Right-to-Work Foundation supporters and other anti-union consultants, see this as a threat to maintaining the state\'s reputation as a union-free place for firms to locate...