Helping Workers Online and Offline: Innovations in Union and Worker Organization Using the Internet
AbstractThis study examines two innovative efforts to provide union services to workers with the aid of low cost Internet communication: the AFL-CIO's Working America, a "community affiliate" that enrolled 2 million workers from 2004 to 2007 by canvassing them at their homes and over the Internet (www.workingamerica.org); and the UK'S Trade Union Congress's www.unionreps.org.uk, a discussion board for worker representatives to communicate about workplace issues. Working America demonstrates that workers without collective bargaining will join a union organization that communicates on-line and off-line and campaigns for worker interests in society. Unionreps.org shows that local worker representatives can form an on-line community that shares information to improve the services they give workers. Combining the two innovations could be a step toward a new "open source" union form that provides union services at low cost outside of collective bargaining.
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Date of creation: Mar 2008
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Publication status: published as Richard B. Freeman, M. Marit Rehavi. "Helping Workers Online and Offline: Innovations in Union and Worker Organization Using the Internet," in David H. Autor, editor, "Studies of Labor Market Intermediation " University of Chicago Press (2009)
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- Richard B. Freeman & M. Marit Rehavi, 2009. "Helping Workers Online and Offline: Innovations in Union and Worker Organization Using the Internet," NBER Chapters, in: Studies of Labor Market Intermediation, pages 273-306 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
- J0 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General
- J3 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs
- J40 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - General
- J5 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining
- J51 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Trade Unions: Objectives, Structure, and Effects
- J52 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Dispute Resolution: Strikes, Arbitration, and Mediation
- J81 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards - - - Working Conditions
- J83 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards - - - Workers' Rights
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- NEP-ALL-2008-03-25 (All new papers)
- NEP-ICT-2008-03-25 (Information & Communication Technologies)
- NEP-LAB-2008-03-25 (Labour Economics)
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