A Business Basis for Unionism: The growth of paid officers and staff inside the American Federation of Labor, 1881-1912
Part three of our series examining the origin of paid staff and paid union officers looks at the connection to union contracts and insurance plans in the early AFL.
Robin J Cartwright explores the rise of paid officers and staff in the Knights of Labor and the corruption that ensued. The second in a multi-part series exploring the history of paid officers and staff in labor unions.
Robin J Cartwright delves into the history of the use of paid officers and staff in labor unions. The first in a multi-part series.
Robin J. Cartwright responds to Matt Dimick’s “Counterfeit Liberty.”
Robin J. Cartwright explores the historical origins of “workplace contractualism” in the U.S. — the predominant model of unionism, whereby workers and employers negotiate a contract. He notes that employers themselves pushed for the contract system in order to tame unions, and to engage union