Source: Eric Arnesen, Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, Vol. 7 no. 3, Fall 2010
This issue’s Up for Debate section centers on EFCA and labor law’s contribution to the current crisis of American labor. Putting aside the issue of the likelihood of EFCA’s passage, Labor asked four scholars of American labor to weigh in on two related questions. First, just how much is labor law to blame for the dire straits in which the labor movement now finds itself? And second, will labor law reform — should EFCA survive congressional opposition and eventually pass — redress the current imbalance on the union organizing front? Although the perspectives offered in these pages will not be the final word on a complex and depressing subject, these contributions cast valuable light on the historical dimensions of the historical and political dimensions of the current legislative battle.
EFCA, Alas, Is Not the Answer – Roy J. Adams
Betting on New Forms of Worker Organization – Dorothy Sue Cobble
Moving Past EFCA – David Brody
Despite EFCA’s Limitations, Its Demise Is a Profound Defeat for U.S. Labor – Nelson Lichtenstein