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January/February 1996, Vol. 119, Nos. 1 & 2
Michael H. Cimini
T year just ended was a hectic one for organized labor, capped by a leadership battle within the AFL-CIO and the announced merger of the Nation's three largest industrial unions. The actions reflected the labor movement's struggle to reinvent itself to become more relevant to the circumstances faced by a growing fraction of the work force. Also a factor was labor's frustration with its recent failure to block the North American Free Trade Agreement, to persuade Congress to reform labor law or enact a ban against permanent strike replacements, to push through legislation enacting a national health care program, to elect pro-labor representatives to the U.S. Congress, and to attract a more diversified, younger work force to its ranks.
Signs of the waning power of unions and the continued decline in their political and economic fortunes in 1995 included:
Some other important events affecting collective bargaining in 1995 are described in the sections that follow. The discussion includes information on significant bargaining situations and on administrative decisions and organizational changes that occurred during the year.
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