The Trade Union Prospect in the Coming Decade

Gitlow, Abraham L.
March 1970
Labor Law Journal;Mar70, Vol. 21 Issue 3, p131
Academic Journal
If the fortunes of unionism were simply a function of economic trends, then one could--foreseeing a prosperous new decade--predict, without reservation, a commensurate upsurge in trade union membership and influence. The author cautions that this is only partially true. There are, he notes, other factors besides the shape of the economy which serve to determine the future for trade unions. Among these are racial considerations, the political scene, the nature of the population flux, and the advance of mechanization. Given these qualifying factors, the author foresees an expanding of trade union prospects in the 70's. Abraham L. Gitlow is dean and professor of economics of the School of Commerce of New York University, New York City.


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