[Excerpt] I am happy to comment on a provocative monograph that raises important issues for union policies and strategies.
The authors make two main points:
1. Unions should be proactive in developing worker participation programs in industry and should push them beyond the shopfloor into strategic economic and technological issues.
2. As far as possible, worker participation programs should be controlled by the union. Union leaders should firmly reject programs jointly controlled by union and management.
I agree with the first point and disagree with the second. I also question what I see as a bias in selecting case examples to support the Banks-Metzgar thesis. If authors are free to choose any cases to support their arguments, they can "prove" almost anything.
Whyte, William F.
"Value of Joint Programs Underestimated,"
Labor Research Review:
14, Article 2.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/lrr/vol1/iss14/2