LAW AND THE FUTURE OF ORGANIZED LABOR IN AMERICA|
Keith N. Hylton
Boston University School of Law Working Paper 03-14
This paper, prepared for "The Future of Organized Labor" conference
at Wayne State University, examines two questions: what are the implications
of the decline of unions for the future of labor law, and what are the
implications of labor law for the decline of unions? After documenting
the recent trends (decline in the private sector coupled with slight growth
in the public sector), I argue that the change in the public-versus-private
composition will lead unions to pursue legislative strategies that will
further reduce the share of the private sector workforce in unions. A
law reform program that has any chance of success in reversing the decline
of private sector unions will have to aim to reduce the competitive disadvantage
to firms from unionization. I offer two general proposals in this vein:
making labor law more predictable and removing the NLRB from regulating
the substantive terms of labor contracts.
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