"Labor Unions in Crisis: The Collapse of the New Deal System and the Emerging Alternatives"

Dan Clawson
"Labor Unions in Crisis: The Collapse of the New Deal System and the Emerging Alternatives"
November 12, 2003, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Sciences
"Why Tomorrow's Labor Movement Will be Community-Based"
November 12, 2003, 7:00PM, Madison Labor Temple

    Dan Clawson teaches sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he is also co-president of the faculty union (affiliated with the National Education Association). Professor Clawson is the author of The Next Upsurge: Labor and the New Social Movements (Cornell University Press, 2003). He is also the co-author of two books on how corporations dominate campaign finance, elections, and the shaping of public policy, Money Talks: Corporate PACs and Political Influence and Dollars and Votes: How Corporate Campaign Contributions Subvert Democracy. In recent years he has put energy into trying to link academics and intellectuals with the labor movement. One part of that was work in SAWSJ (Scholars, Artists, and Writers for Social Justice), a national association that helped organize numerous “Teach-Ins With the Labor Movement” and that promoted other activities. Another was helping organize a conference on Unions and Child Care that brought together labor leaders, academics, and children’s advocates. More recently he was involved in helping to create a section on Labor and Labor Movements inside the American Sociological Association; he is chair-elect of that group.