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Lecture 2 Notes - Podcasts 4 & 5

by: Alia Federico

Lecture 2 Notes - Podcasts 4 & 5 LSTU-L110

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The reading assignment for this week was the same as last week (which I have notes on uploaded to my dashboard) so I took notes on this weeks podcasts that don't have a directly corresponding exam ...
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Alia Federico on Monday September 5, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to LSTU-L110 at Indiana University taught by Dr. Marquita Walker in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 8 views. For similar materials see Intro to Labor Studies: Labor and Society in Labor Studies at Indiana University.

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Lecture 2 Notes ­ Podcasts 4 and 5    Key points   Connecting Ideas  Connecting Ideas      Podcast 4 ­ Worker’s Place in the Social Structure  ● Important concept:  “Position of workers as an organized group within the social system  and the position of that worker as a component in the technological and market system.”   ● Labor organizations and individual workers can more easily inspire change if they hold a  strategic place in the social system.  ● Labor organizations are stronger or weaker based on their position in the social system  while workers’ value is increased or decreased based on their role in the production  system.  ● Technological and market structures have different conceptual outlines but are  associated when applied to the worker.   ○ Technological structure​ ­ The process of workers “adding value” to a product by  taking raw material and transforming it into something that consumers will buy.  ○ Market structure ​ ​ he interconnected ​ haracteristic​ of a ​market​, such as the  number and relative s​ trengt​ of ​buye​ and ​ elle​ and ​degre​ of ​collusion  among them, level and f ​ orms​ of ​competiti​  extent of ​product differentia​  and  ease of ​entry​ into an​ xit​ from the market.   ● Karl Marx believed that ​workers who added value to a product  ​ should have​ n equal  share of the wealth when that product was sold.   ○ Marx believed that a revolution would occur among the Proletariat (workers) who  would try to overthrow the Bourgeoisie (vendors and employers).    ○ The people who had the knowledge and ability to supply products and services  should be justly compensated according to Marx.  ● Disrupting the production process is the most powerful way workers can change the  worker employer relationship  ○ Withholding labor (a.k.a strike) constitutes the majority of power workers have to  change their production situation or conditions.  ○ As in many cases, singular power is weak, while collective power is strong.    ○ Policies have historically been made to benefit the employer over the employees,  and strikes have commonly contested those policies.    ● In the market structure, workers play their role by relaying costs onto consumers.    ○ Ex: if a flour supplier increases their price of flour, the baker must raise his price  of bread if he wants to keep the same profit margin.    ● “Labor organizations emerge when workers have strategic technological or market  positions.” (Walker)  1­structure.html  ○ “Points of infection” ­ strategic points where people hold power to band together  or begin forming a coalition.   Ex: miners who supplied their own tools had  strategic spots in the mining business and were able to form the beginnings of an  organized labor union.    ○ These points can then spread depending upon the following factors:  ■ Firm's policy on talking about organizing in the workplace  ■ Thier states rules on collective bargaining  ■ Their fortitude in extending the union fight over a prolonged period of time  ■ Their hostility of management to organizing effort.    ■ Their ability to build coalitions within communities sympathetic to labor  unions  ■ Their ability to convince fellow workers of the benefits of unionizing,   ■ Their ability to collect authorization cards from employees.  ● “Labor union growth by the ballot box” has recently replaced Labor union growth by  strategic placement.  ○ Policies of the 1947 Taft­Hartley act worked to restrict powers and activites of  labor unions.    ○ By amending the National Labor Relations Act of 1935, new restrictions on  boycotts, strikes, and funding regulations prohibited the effect unions could have  on businesses and other organizations.    ○ Employees will more commonly use work­to­rule instead of strikes, which  consists of completing the absolute minimum required of them which causes a  slowdown of productivity.      Podcast 5 ­ Labor’s Place in the Social Structure  ● “Labor Organizations are primarily economic organizations” that try to gain higher wages  and better working conditions and benefits for its members.    ○ Labor organizations also take part in their community the way other organizations  would such as church groups, art clubs, sports clubs, and civic clubs.  ● “Labor has always had strong ties to the community”  ● Union members act as any other citizen would and form relationships with neighbors and  peers which is what helps integrate the labor organization into its surrounding  community.   ○ Due to the general relationship between labor unions and a community, civic  organizations express sympathy to workers struggles.    ○ Union workers residing in working class communities during strikes are backed  up from their community.    ■ Not only because workers friends and family support each other’s well  being during hard times, but low wages, insufficient benefits, and subpar  working conditions affect the community as a whole.  ■ When companies decide to outsource or relocate a certain factory or  plant, or cut wages, many communities are affected and become angry  which helps strengthen the impact of protest.    ● This is especially destructive in smaller communities where one  manufacturing firm may be the main source of employment  ■ Communities aren’t just affected by those jobs being lost, but are affected  by the domino effect that occurs when other businesses leave as well  because the reduced income of the community leads to reduced spending  and the cycle of the economy is disturbed.  ● Notable protests: Flint, Michigan protests in 1937, Postal workers UPS strike in 1997  ● Examples of structures emerging from social protest: CIO, result of disgruntled unskilled  or semiskilled workers unable to join the craft unions, civil rights act of 1964 and the  voting rights act of 1965 as a result of the 1960’s civil rights movement.    ● “Union’s diminished power under corporate ownership suggests that reaching out to  other community organizations might be an appropriate strategy to undertake.”   ● Bridges within other organizations will help keep the labor movement strong and can  garner support for worker within their community and in other communities.   


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